Day 2 in Barcelona and Budapest is underway now, with a few results already in. Notably the exit of Kyle Edmund to Dominic Thiem in Barcelona. However, the Brits still have Bedene, Evans and Murray remaining this week.
Ferrer v Anderson
At around 13:00 UK time Ferrer will walk out on court for the first time in over 4 weeks where he will play the big-serving South African, Kevin Anderson. Ferrer is in poor form this season, losing his last 4 in a row and having only won 3 matches all season. Similarly, Anderson has also been in poor form with only 3 wins himself.
The deciding factor in this match could be past-form here in Barcelona. Since 2003, Ferrer is 28-13, while Anderson is 3-3. Ferrer has lost the three semi-finals and four finals in Barcelona, with the majority of them losses coming against the king of clay, Rafa Nadal, who the main court is now named after.
Anderson, remarkably, managed to come back from a set and a break down yesterday against clay court expert Carlos Berlocq, while Ferrer has been given a bye into the second round. On clay, their head-to-head reads in favour of Ferrer, winning both of their previous meetings at the French open in 2013 and 2014 only dropping a single set.
This should be a comfortable win for Ferrer if he can find some form and I’d expect him to win this one without dropping a set so 2-0 Ferrer is the way to go at a price of 2.50.
Elsewhere, Sugita managed to take down Robredo in straight sets yesterday and it could be worth backing him on a game handicap. Mischa Zverev has managed to climb the rankings very quickly within the past year and he should be much too strong on clay for Briton Dan Evans so he’s worth siding with at a price of 1.83.
Over in Budapest, my outright pick of Schwartman is a 1.40 favourite against Robin Haase today and I’d expect him to be a comfortable winner there to keep our outright pick alive.
Ferrer to beat Anderson 2-0 @2.50