Bet of the day: Verdasco to see off Rublev at Paris Masters
Bank on Spaniard’s experience to see him through
It’s off to the Paris Masters for the Round of 64 clash between Fernando Verdasco and Andrey Rublev.
Despite being below his opponent in the ATP rankings, Verdasco is favourite to win here at 4/6.
The world number 39 has been in decent form recently, making it to the semi-finals at the Stockholm Open. He was beaten by eventual winner, Juan Martin del Potro.
Rublev has had a good season, too. However, the 20-year-old has looked tired recently, losing four of his last five games.
It’s been a long, long season for the young Russian. His body hasn’t yet fully accustomed to such a tiresome calendar.
Revenge could be sweet for Spaniard
These two have only played each other once before a few years ago at an ATP tournament in Barcelona.
Rublev – then 17-years-old – was victorious, winning by two-sets to love. In the aftermath, Verdasco put a complaint in about the Russian over his behaviour.
“I am surprised how rude he is for a 17-year-old,” adding, “He shows little respect for his opponent.”
This one could be a grudge match for the 33-year-old Madrid-born player. He’ll want to win and win well.
Verdasco to be victorious 2-0 in set betting is 13/8 and worth a bet.
Rublev may be suffering from fatigue, but he’s still a quality player and won’t go down without a fight.
In his previous win over Verdasco, he took the first set by way of a tiebreak.
In Rublev’s recent clash with Filip Krajinovic, the final set went to a tiebreak in which the Moscow-born ace lost.
In Verdasco’s semi-final defeat to del Potro in Sweden, two of the three sets went to a tie-break.
It’s Evens we set a set go all the way in this clash.
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