Week eight of the ATP World Tour features three tournaments in France, Brazil and the USA.
The ATP 250 Open 13 in Marseille plays on a quickish indoor hard court, while the Delray Beach Open, which is also an ATP 250 event, is played on a medium to slow paced outdoor hard court at a venue that, due to its location, can be exposed to wind.
The ATP 500 Rio Open on red clay is a new tournament on tour and features Rafa Nadal in the lineup. Rio hosts a joint ATP/WTA event and it could get very hot in this part of the world this week.
Monday’s lineup in Marseille features just the one first round match alongside a host of qualifying and doubles matches in which Britain’s Dan Evans will try and take his place in the main draw proper.
There are five opening round clashes in Rio, but there are thunderstorms and an 80% chance of rain there today and it seems a good move to wait for some matches to be completed to assess conditions there.
In Delray Beach there are two main draw matches today, where there’s a zero percent chance of rain and a 12mph wind according to the forecast.
Jack Sock 1.57 vs Adrian Mannarino 2.33 - BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 19.35
This match-up is becoming increasingly familiar to all, as it’ll be the third time that the pair will have faced off this season already when they meet at 7.30pm UK time tonight.
It’s not likely to please Mannarino too much after moaning about it being "like playing baseball” when he faced Sock outdoors in a straight sets defeat in Auckland before the Australian Open.
The moody Frenchman got a lot closer in their Memphis clash last week, but much of that was due to a mid-match lapse from Sock, and knowing that Mannarino’s temperament is not exactly be his best asset I suspect he’ll approach this match with a poor attitude having lost those two meetings this year.
Mannarino was in racquet flinging mode in Memphis and it’s pretty clear from his words and deeds that he gets hugely frustrated by Sock’s big serve and to a lesser extent his big forehand. The match wasn’t exactly played in great spirit between the pair either, so it could be interesting tonight.
Sock went on to lose to Ivo Karlovic in a serve-fest in the quarter finals in Memphis, but it’s quite apparent that he’s in Mannarino’s head and the 1.57 about him repeating the win looks fair enough.
Sam Querrey 1.78 vs Feliciano Lopez 1.98 - BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 01.35
At around 1.30am UK time on Tuesday morning the out of form Querrey faces Spanish leftie Lopez, who, like Sock, was also beaten by Karlovic in Memphis last week.
Ivo was on top serving form that day and put too much pressure on Lopez, who I had expected to come out on top in that clash, but he has a decent chance as underdog in this one against Querrey.
Big Sam has developed a terrible habit over the years of losing matches that he’s 1.01 for in-running and he did it again against Britain’s James Ward in Davis Cup a few weeks ago.
Querrey has never looked like he enjoys the tour and at the moment he’s rivalling Klara Zakopalova on the misery stakes, with a loss to Alex Bogomolov Jr in which he yet again failed on match points not doing much for his mood.
Indeed this pair have lost all seven of their most recent matches this year combined, so it’s hard to see either one of them having the confidence to win comfortably in what will be their sixth career meeting tonight.
Lopez and Querrey were 43rd and 44th in the list of return games won in 2013 just ahead of equally bad returners Milos Raonic, Daniel Brands and John Isner, so it’s a fair bet that we’ll see a tie-break tonight.
The over 23.5 games appeals greatly here at 1.87.
Back Sock to beat Mannarino at 1.57
Back over 23.5 games in Querrey/Lopez at 1.87