Nikola Milojevic vs Ward
1st round match in Classis Challenger in France between Nikola Milojevic from Serbia and James Ward from Great Britain.
Nikola Milojevic is part of top 200, a progressive young Serbian player who played in the qualifications in US Open and although he defeated Elias and Kecmanovic, he was beaten in the end by Granollers, which stopped him of participation in the main draw. I think he is clearly the favourite against James Ward, who still can't find his form before the injuries in the last two years.
James made some good performances in China in the previous weeks, but the opponents there are not from high quality. Almost in all of his matches in Chengdu and Jinan he played against Asian players from Japan, China, Korea and even India and won the matches, but when he had to face non-Asian opponents from higher class, he lost. That happened against Laaksonen and Popyrin. In the next tournament in Mallorca he lost in the start by Nicola Kuhn.
Both players have only one match during 2017 in the Chengdu Challerger, the same where Ward played a few weeks ago and Milojevic won the match 7:6 6:3. I expect even easier win for him in France against Ward. He will dominate from the baseline, so I will pick Milojevic for sure.
Nikola Milojevic vs Ward prediction
|Milojevic||Pinnacle||1.76||10||1-2 LOST (-10 units)|