Marchenko vs Polansky by Tennisguy
This is a match from the Tallahassee challenger tournament(clay) between Ilya Marchenko from Ukraine and Peter Polansky from Canada.
Marchenko is ranked 171 and Polansky 138. They have met two times and the score is 2-0 for Marchenko. He actually won one of those matches last week on clay court at the Savannah challenger 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Polansky is usually the type of player that likes to keep the ball in play and wait for his opponent's mistake and that's not a bad strategy on clay but today he faces an opponent that goes for a lot of winners especially with his forehand. That will be a problem for Polansky as it has been in the past because eve if he might get some free points due to the unforced errors that his opponent will make he is going to control the pace of the game.
Marchenko is not the best clay court player but he does well against defensive players like Polansky. He like to control the points with his forehand and I think he will manage to do that a lot today. He already won last week against Polansky and I think he can do it again here because nothing is going to really change in such a short period. Also he is the one with the better serve and is probably more likely to hold it more comfortably.
I think at the end of the day the offensive tennis that Marchenko plays will pay off an bring him the win today.
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