Khachanov vs Ferrer
I was really bummed not to catch this right away as Khachanov started off at 1.90 on most bookies and now the odds have dropped a lot, Pinnacle still offers a decent 1.71 for a Khachanov victory though.
So, Ferrer has been in a constant downfall these last few years because he simply can't play the grinding tennis he is famous for any longer. It makes sense that a 35 year old Ferrer can't run around the court like he used to. This also means his main weapon, returning most balls, is gone and what used to be a very difficult task - hitting a shot that Ferrer can't catch - has been made much easier and I believe the hard hitting Russian will take advantage of this and take quite a comfortable win. Ferrer used to make his opponents play the extra ball all the time but now that factor is gone and its evident from his results. He had a good run in Auckland, winning against Chung, Sousa and Wu before losing to Delpo and Rublev knocked him out of the first round in Australian Open after 5 sets. Ferrer was not even the favorite there.
Now we have a faster court and he is facing a real hard hitter in Khachanov, whom I belive will take a comfortable win. I'm very tempted to go for 2-0 Khachanov but he is still not experienced enough to be trusted with a bet of that stature.
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Khachanov vs Ferrer prediction
|Khachanov||Pinnacle||1.71||8||2-1 WON (+5.68 units)|