De Minaur vs Lopez
QF in Sydney between De Minaur and Feliciano Lopez.
Well, I think everyone understand about the young Ausie. I wrote in my first preview for the year about him that he is expected to be the next Hewitt and can cause a lot of problems to Raonic. He did that and the teenager was so close to play in the final against Nick Kyrgios in Brisbane but find the way to beat himself and lost in close match against Harrison.
Feliciano Lopez was so unconvenient in Doha where he win against Marc Lopez in really tough match, while in the next round lost by Mirza Basic. Here in Sydney he played under his level against Aleksandar Vukic but find the way to win the tie-break in the second set and turn the match in his favour. So after these poor performances he had finally a good match yesterday against Diego Schwartzman. He made a lot of aces and winners and deserved a win in straight sets.
De Minaur's matches are combined with perfect performance by him except the match against Harrison when he showed mental weakness and coudn't find the way to finish the match in straight sets. He won all of his other matches in straight sets and in front of Hewitt and Ausie crowd I think he can produce another inspirational performance and why not to win against the left-handed Lopez. It will be a narrow match, so I don't exclude to see some tie-breaks. I will play safer here and find something I like much as a pick for this match- + 2.5 games De Minaur. Even if we see one or two tie-breaks and Lopez shows better nerves, will have big chance for a right tip.
De Minaur vs Lopez prediction
|De Minaur +2.5 Games||Pinnacle||1.63||10||2-0 WON (+6.3 units)|