Ramos vs. D. Sela / ATP Chennai – In the quarterfinal matches of the tournament in Chennai, we have a duel between the Spaniard A. Ramos and Israeli D. Sela. To pass in that stage Ramos was better than S. Darcis with a result (2:0), while Sela also defeated Hyeon Chung without losing a set. J. Kovalik was a surprise of the round, who eliminated M. Cilic from the tournament. Begins: 06.01.2017. – 10:00 CET
Last season will certainly stay in a good memory for Ramos, because he reached the best rating of his career, and that is the 26th position in the ATP rankings. In addition, he also last year won his first ATP title, in the tournament in Bastad, where he was better than his compatriot F. Verdasco in the final match. We could say that Ramos did not spare his strength last season, since he made 34 victories and suffered 31 defeat.
In addition to the tournament in Bastad, one of the best performances he had was at the tournament in Chengdu, where he played the finals which he lost after three uncertain sets by K. Kachanov. A pretty good result was achieved at Roland Garros, where he played the quarterfinals, but was stopped by S. Wawrinka, while he in a tournament in Quito reached the semi-finals in which he was defeated by V.E. Burgos. In the end we will also mention last year's Australian Open, where he could not pass the second round, because he was defeated by M. Cilic with a result (3:0).
Sela has started the season on the 96th position of the ATP rankings, which is far from his best form in 2009 when he was 29th player in the world. In the previous 15 years of his professional career, he failed to win a single ATP title, even though he had two great opportunities when he played the finals of the tournament in Biejing and Atlanta, in 2008 and 2014. Sela has mainly spent last season by performing at the Challengers, so he at ATP Tour had the ratio of victories and defeats (11:18).
Among the better result in the last year we can include the placement in the third round of the Australian Open, where he lost to A. Kuznetsov, which was followed by a series of several consecutive defeats, while he only at the tournament in Nottingham achieved notable result, which was placement in the quarter-finals in which A. Seppi was better than him. Sela has reached another quarter-finals at the the tournament in Newport, where is stopped by M. Baghdatis.
A. Ramos vs. D. Sela PICK
This is the first match between these two players. All the aforementioned goes in favour of the Spanish tennis player who had a great season, which was not based solely on one type of substrate. Therefore, Ramos could be considered a slight favourite, who should take the opportunity to celebrate a victory over the average Sela and thus reach the semi-finals.
Pick: Ramos wins
Odds: 1.50 with ladbrokes (down to 1.80 can be played)