Ramos vs Kukushkin
The opening round of French Open brings us this duel between Albert Ramos-Vinolas - Mikhail Kukushkin. Although compared with initial, the odds moved in favor of player from Kazakhstan, I still think bet on the Spanish player is the way to go here.
Ramos, 37th on the ATP right now, has achieved great success in Paris in last few years. Namely he defends here the R16 from season ago while before that he was in quarterfinal.
Kukushkin, the 83rd world player, on the other side in last three years only once managed to win opening round match on Paris' clay and even then he was eliminated already in the second round.
1-1 is H2H with Kukushkin wining the most recent meeting but it wasn't really too recent. It was long back into 2015.
Ramos was not too successful lately on the clay court season but have in mind on some tours he lost early due to fact he faced tough opposition. Novak Djokovic for example. But he had succes on clay earlier in 2018 when reaching finals in Quito in February.
There is no doubt in my mind Ramos is way better player on the clay among these two. In 2018 he already had 22 matches on this surfaces. Throughout his entire career (around 1000 matches on the ATP tour), even 77% of his matches were on the clay surface.
Ramos vs Kukushkin prediction
|Ramos -2.5 games||Pinnacle||1.90||8||3-0 WON (+7.2 units)|