Ramanathan vs Zhang (By: Iniestaone)
Third round match from An-Ning challenger between Ramanathan (#157) and Zhang (#355)
I think there's value in backing Zhang again, he caused an upset against Nedovyesov in the last round winning in three sets. He had a weak second set there but he kept it very much together in the third when it mattered and won it 6-2. In my preview there I wrote that Nedovyesov was possibly going to have problems moving around due to a lumbar spine injury but I saw none of that in the match, it was more of a solid effort from Zhang that won it
Ramanathan is the superior player here and rightfully better ranked but he is not in good form, he is 7/11 this season and his An-Ning opener was not a very convincing victory against Bai at 6-4 6-4 as a 1.30 favorite. He will have a much harder time against Zhang and unless he is very motivated to put in a max level performance then I don't see him progressing here
These two have similar first serve stats from the last round, Zhang has 64% and Ramanathan has 65% but Zhang put out 128 first serves in his match versus Nedovyesov while Ramanathan put out 74. They allowed a similar amount of breakpoints, 13 and 12 but again Zhang played a lot more games.
I liked what I saw from Zhang in the last round and I believe in him to cause another upset on his way to the quarterfinals
Ramanathan vs Zhang predictions
|Zhang||Pinnacle||2.63||8||2-1 LOST (-8 units)|
Ramanathan vs Zhang betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Iniestaone).