Ferrer vs Stepanek by Bulan20

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Ferrer
VS
Stepanek
A current top 10 player is facing off against a former top 10, when David Ferrer is playing Radek Stepanek in

 

R.2 in KL.

 

Radek has become 36 y.o and is playing less and less. He is ranked 278 and only played 27 singles this season. He focuses a bit more on doubles in current time. He still have some solid qualities, especially in his serve, which makes me stay away from the O/U play. He has pushed players like Karlovic and Isner on HC during these last months and beaten Groth so he shouldn´t be underestimated just because of his poor rank. He is decent in the rallies, but plays a bit with too big margins in his shots and I think this will be punished against Ferrer.

 

Ferrer, #8 has a impressive record of 40/10 this year, 19/4 on HC. He of course prefers the clay, but when you are top 10 you can handle all the surfaces. I´m a bit worried about his form. He did an okey Open, going out in R.3 agaisnt Chardy. Played in Denmark most recently and had two easy wins against poor players. Is seeded #1 here in KL and therefore had a walk in R.1

 

If Ferrer playing at regular standard he will control a majority of the rallies. He is very strong at holding on to the ball and always returning it. Radek, who is getting a bit slower will have to work hard and I think Ferrer can wear him down. Think a tiebreak is plausible with good serving from Radek, but I still think Ferrer will be able to take it in straight sets. The spaniard is 7-3 in head-to-head and have won the 3 latest meetings in straight sets (from 2011 and 2012). Ferrer is also fighting for a spot in the ATP WT finals and is motivated to get the points. Ferrer 2-0 is my hopes for this one.

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Ferrer Pinnacle 1.69 8 2-0 WON (+5.52 units)
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