Kovalik vs Lacko
2nd round match in Sofia between Lukas Lacko and Jozef Kovalik.
Both of the players are from Slovakia and they know each other perfectly well. My pick is based totally on their recent form. Lukas Lacko played very solid in the last months and his results are great. In Australian Open he succeeded to eliminate Milos Raonic but then lost by Nicolas Kicker in the 2nd round. His performance before matches in Auckland and Melbourne were amazing winning both titles in Challengers in Bratislava and Brescia. Their only meeting is just there in Bratislava in the start of the tournament and Lacko won by 6:4 6:4. Kovalik is in much worse form. He lost in the qualifications in Brisbane and Melbourne and maybe he hopes for better production in Sofia.
Kovalik played good first match against Radu Albot and won in straight sets 6:3 6:3, but it was closer match than it looks like as a final result. While Lukas Lacko just outplayed Evgeny Donskoy- yeah 6:4 6:4, but without giving his opponent any single chance to have a break point on his serve and with convincing performance on serve and with some ground strokes from the baseline. I really enjoyed his match and I think he can progress really far in this tournament if he reaches this form like in yesterday performance.
Lacko is the older one- 30 vs 25 years old and more experienced player, he's in better form and his 1st match in Sofia was from better quality. He won their only official meeting a few months ago and I think he has everything to progress. The odds for Lacko win are 1.40-1.50 in different bookies, so I will choose here maybe a little bit riskier pick Lacko -2.5 Games AH. I think it will land without much problems, but if you don't want to take this little risk, just play Lacko to win the match at lower odds.
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Kovalik vs Lacko prediction
|Lacko -2.5 Games AH||Pinnacle||1.76||9||1-2 LOST (-9 units)|