Skupski K./Smith J-P. - Nielsen F./Puetz T.
Ken Skupski and John-Patrick Smith came in very good shape in the challenger in Bratislava, won the challenger in the hard surface last week, also in the hall, had plenty of time to rest, not express favorites before the start of this first round, but will be closer to win in this first round.
The two will play against Frederik Nielsen and Tim Puetz in this first round. This will be the first match between these two doubles.
Nielsen and Puetz are the second favorites in this tournament, but they will not have the advantage in this match. The two start to play this season, played six tournaments before this tournament, were better in the clay, played three tournaments in the hard surface before this tournament , and they only had one win, so no better result is expected in this tournament .
Skupski and Smith won that title last week, before that they played the finals of the challengers in the hard surface, the two of them are in better shape in this moment, hard surface, as doubles, suits them better, and they should use that in this match.
Skupski is a classic double player, Smith decided to play only doubles in this tournament, so there is no doubt that the two will be fully prepared for this match.
*Odds are correct at the time of publishing and subject of change.
Match start: 06.11. 10:00h