The next event which we really want to predict and give our exclusive verdict is going to be from Italian Open between Rafael Nadal and Damir Dzumhur. Also, they meet in the 2nd round of the 2018 tennis Rome Masters.
The “King of Clay” had his ludicrous clay winning streak ended in the Madrid Masters against his rival of Austria - Dominic Thiem. Before that game, Nadal won 42 straight sets on clay and didn’t lose an event on this surface since this tournament last year, also, he won just 37% of his second serve points and gave away 11 break chances as well. Moreover, he is still the clear favourite to lift the trophy and is 16-2 on the season overall. Also, he hasn’t lost back-to-back played games since 2016th. Rafa has won 10 of the previous 11 encounters on a clay court.
The Bosnian Ace is coming off a straight-sets win against Fernando Verdasco that took 16 games to decide who will be the winner. Dzumhur won 67% of his first serve points and 53% of his second serve points. Also, he struggled with his second serve, but he won 63% of his return points and converted on all 6 of his break chances. Damir won’t have the same chances with his return in this event, so he better be much sharper with his serve if he has any chance of pulling off the embarrassment. Furthermore, Damir Dzumhur hasn’t won two games in a single tournament since ATP Marseille Dzumhur has lost five of his last seven matches on a clay court.
After the disappointing performance yesterday. Alexander Zverev was defeated in the first set against Steve Darcis and then he overturned the match to his advantage. After all, the German Rocket beat his rival but no in straights.
Today he will face off against the Damir Dzumhur player. The German rocket never played before that in this competition and this is a new challenge for him after the incredible win against Steve Darcis, meanwhile, he lost the first set but after all, he came from the back and beat his rival in three sets. Zverev currently is in 4th position, while Dzumhur is on the 40th position in ATP World Ranking. Against each other, they never played before that and this is their first head to head encounter. Zverev is a solid and stable player, and his baseline is accurate.
Damir Dzumhur from the beginning of the season, he won 17 games and lose just 9 games on a hard court. We expect the Damir to surprise us in a tough game against the player who is in good condition as well. We believe that Damir has all the chances to win а set. Our final prediction in this game is Over 21.5 Games at Pinnacle Sport with great quota 1.81 odds.
We are going back to Winston Salem tournament as our next pick will be from the third round game between Damir Dzumhur and the Argentinian Horacio Zeballos. We believe that this is going to be a tough and matched game between two typical clay court players. But after all if one player is good on clay, he can show his skills on hard courts as well. To be honest recently, Damir Dzumhur is playing better and better on the hard court surfaces and we are thinking that he can make something on this tournament.
In the first round of the tournament, Horacio Zeballos defeated easily the German Koepfer as the game was not even close to be matched and balanced, while in the second round game he faced the very strong Spaniard - Fernando Verdasco. We can say that both players were fighting a lot and it was very difficult for them to beat each other. After all after almost 2 hours battle Zeballos won in the deciding third set and triumph with the victory. Damir Dzumhur faced Denis Istomin in the first round, he had no problems in beating him in straight sets. In the second round he faced Gilles Simon as the game was tough and difficult but he managed to win it without too much concerns.
Now in this game, we think that we are going to see another thrilling and epic three setter but this time we are thinking that Damir Dzumhur is going to win. In the past 2 head to head games the Argnetinian player took the wins but this time everything is different and we hardly believe that we are going to see him winning here. The Bosnian player is in shape and it should not be a problem for him to take the game, even in two sets.
Damir Dzumhur and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez are going to play their first round game in the tournament in Metz, France. This is an ATP tournament from the 250 category but we believe that we are going to see some great games.
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez is a player who is very good on hard and grass. Maybe he is the best Spaniard on these surfaces after Rafael Nadal. He is having some titles on these surfaces and he is definitely one real opponent for anyone of the top players. Damir Dzumhur is not good on hard as he is playing mostly on clay, but he should not be underestimated. The problem for us here is that GGL has not played for a long time, but this does not mean that he is weaker than his opponent.
The head to head games are showing that there is 100% advantage and Garcia-Lopez should take this game easily, as both games they had were on hard courts and finished with 2-0 wins for the Spaniard. We believe that this game will be more matched now, but it should be a win for the Spanish player.
This is a Quarter-final game from the ATP in Umag, Croatia between the players of Damir Dzumhur and Fabio Fognini. We wrote already our potential winner of this tournament, but the interesting thing will be to see which players are going to qualify really for the final.
Actually, we think that Dzumhur is having amazing potential because on clay in the recent times, he showed great improvement. He is very consistent and if he makes a few good games he is going into a great shape with great run. At the moment, he won against Nicolas Almagro and Thomas Fabbiano with 2-1 sets and maybe he is coming to the good form. It will be really interesting to see him, how he is going to play against Fognini, who is one of the best clay court players. Of course, Fognini is a very risky player because if he has a day he can win 6-0, 6-0, if not .. he can lose with the same result.
After all, we are not going to be against Fognini, because it would be not that wise. We think that Fognini is going to win but it will be a tough win. We expect the game to be very matched and possibly Dzumhur to steal a set.