Kecmanovic vs Verdasco (By: Iniestaone)

First round match from Australian Open between Kecmanovic (#126) and Verdasco (#28)

I really like Kecmanovic for this match. He's done everything right these past few months, he finished the 2018 season with a challenger title in Shenzhen and this year he's 6/1, he lost narrowly to Raonic in Brisbane and is coming to this first round in AO after qualifying through Quinzi, Janvier and Monteiro. Of course neither of these is on Verdasco's level but Kecmanovic is showing great potential despite only being 19 and in Brisbane he defeated more experienced players in Mayer and Daniel.

Verdasco's preparations for Australian Open have left me a confused, he was knocked out of Doha in the second round by Berdych and has since then played three exhibition matches. I think its safe to say that Kecmanovic is more prepared for this match, he has put in work in the qualifiers and gotten well adapted to the surface.

Verdasco usually underperforms in Australian Open, the last time had a good run was in 2009 when he reached the semis, since then he's never been past the 3rd round and those years when he did reach the 3rd round (last time was 2015) he defeated much lower players than himself. On his best day he's still a better player than Kecmanovic but I don't think this will be one of those days. Kecmanovic is hungry and has a playing style which includes running and catching a lot of balls, I can he will be too big of a thorn in the side for Verdasco to defeat.

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Kecmanovic vs Verdasco predictions

Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Kecmanovic Pinnacle 2.72 8 0-3 LOST (-8 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
Kecmanovic vs Verdasco betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Iniestaone).
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