Ram vs Capdeville
Rajeev Ram might not be the perfect player to bet on, but he really looks like a clear favorite in this match-up. He is of course, not the ATP level player, but every year he has few interesting victories at this period when the very best players are taking a break from Wimbledon and preparing from US Open season, at this case, these players are in London at Olympics.
Anyway, he is very close to enter top 100 in ATP rankings as he reached semifinals of Newport tournament few weeks ago where he won over Zemlja, Russell and Nishikori all in two sets, to lose in semifinals against Hewitt in three sets. His favorite surfaces are the faster ones and it’s no wonder he makes the best results at US hard court tournaments. Last week he lost in first round of Atlanta to Bemelmans in two sets (although he was defending quarter-finals from last season), but bounced back pretty well here as he won against Brian Baker in two.
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Paul Capdeville made an interesting move switching to hard court tournaments as he is much more known for his performances on clay, just like almost any other South American. After series of injuries, he is trying to get back to ATP level for years now, but the things are not going that smooth and he looks more and more like a typical Challenger player. He is playing some good tennis at Challenger and has success there to be honest, but this is not good enough for ATP tournaments.
He has won Santiago challenger at clay and has finals from Blumenau challenger on clay and finals of Rio Quente on hard court, but his only win at ATP tournaments this season was from yesterday when he won over Kunitsyn to reach this second round. Recently, Capdeville lost in Bastad in two sets to Bolelli, than switched to hard court and lost to Mahut in Atlanta in three.
Two wins in a row at ATP tournament is something that Capdeville didn’t manage to do since Estoril Open 2009 and it’s very unlikely he will make it now on the surface that isn’t clay and against player who prefers faster surfaces and has always nice results at this part of the season.
Bet: Ram to win @1.68 with Pinnacle Sports