Stepanek had an easy game in the first stage winning 6-1 and 6-4. But there is long since the last time this veteran has won anything worth mentioning. He got to the final in this tournament about nine years ago, but has since struggled. Here he looks sharp and might have a chance to go all the way.
Tomic also finally managed to get to the second stage in a tournament after much trouble with his father and coach, but not after he had to go the full length against Tim Smyczek from the US. After looking comfortable in the first set winning 6-3, but Smyczek gave him a good run for the money breaking him in the 4th game in the second set. Although he had to go the full length, Tomic must be feeling confident after getting a win after all the injuries and other off-court stuff going on.
These two have met before, and Stepanek has gotten the better of the Australian in both bouts, but those were both on gravel. This time it is on grass and Tomic is considered a much better grass player. Stepanek is the veteran and considered the tiny favourite here, but I believe we will see a very close match. If Tomic gets in his rhythm he can easily take this. Therefore I recommend a bet on him for the value this odds offers.
Our Predictions: Bernard Tomic to win (Odds are 2.40 @ BetVictor)