Day 3 is in action today in both Budapest, Hungary and Barcelona, Spain. In Budapest we only have 4 matches today, while Barcelona features 9 matches on the card.
Bedene v Haase
At around 11:00 UK time, Bedene will take on Robin Haase for place in the quarter-finals. They have met each other on the tour in three previous meetings, with Bedene leading the head-to-head 2-1, however none of these previous meetings were on a clay court.
Bedene has been i fine form of late on the rid dirt, winning back-to-back challengers recently, but most of his opposition were outside the top 150, nonetheless, he is on a 13 match winning streak and has only dropped 2 sets in the process.
On the other hand, Haase has only played 3 matches on clay so far this season and has two wins to his name already, his sole loss coming against Dominic Thiem in Monte Carlo last week. Last year he played most of his clay matches on the challenger tour, but he managed to reach 4 finals out of 5 tournaments, winning 2 of the titles in the process.
On clay, Haase has won 75% of service games and 24 % of return games in his career, where as Bedene has won 73% of service games and 21% of return games, leaving him a total of 5% of games won behind.
After a long match-winning streak I think Bedene is going to start feeling the fatigue sooner or later, and against an opponent who clearly has what it takes to win matches on this surface it could be a very difficult day for the Brit. Haase should be too good today and he is over-priced at 2.10 so this is the recommend bet of the day.
Haase to beat Bedene @ 2.10