Daniel vs Simon / ATP Marrakech – Tournament in Marrakech reached its quarter-finals and out of those eight matches we will analyse the one between Japanese T. Daniel and French G. Simon. Daniel defeated A. Menendez after three sets in the round of 16, while Simon didn’t drop a set against A. Andreozzi.
Daniel vs Simon begins 12.04.2019 at 11:00 CET
It was expected from Daniel a couple of seasons ago to follow steps of K. Nishikori who is one of best Japanese players. However, Daniel hasn’t justified expectations so far given that he won just one title in nine-year long professional career, which he did in Istanbul last season where he defeated M. Jaziri in the final by 2-0 in sets.
Daniel had the best rating in his career around mid-2018 when he was World’s no. 64. His today’s rating is a bit weaker and the Japanese occupied the 75ht place in the ATP list before going to Marrakech. The season didn’t start in the best way for him and before ATP Marrakech his win/loss ratio was negative, 4 wins and even 8 defeats. Based on that we can easily conclude that reaching the quarter-finals is at the same time his best result this season so far.
Simon could be listed among veterans on the ATP list given that the French is 34 years old. Still, his rating is quite good as he currently occupies the 27th place. Simon’s best rating was the 6th place in the ATP list that he held at the beginning of 2009, and he won 14 ATP titles so far, out of which two in the previous season at tournaments in Pune and Metz.
Before the tournament in Marrakech Simon won eight matches and lost the same number of them. The made the best results this season at its very beginning, at tournaments in Pune and Sydney, where he reached semi-finals but then lost to K. Anderson and A. de Minaur, respectively. In Marseille Simon reached the quarter-finals when he lost to G. Goffin, while at tournaments of Masters Series he made the best result in Indian Wells, where he played against D. Thiem in the third round and lost.
Daniel vs Simon PICK
Daniel and Simon haven’t met at ATP tournaments before. Based on what we have said so far we can clearly consider Simon as a favourite to win given that Daniel still hasn’t made a noteworthy result in his career. Besides, Simon made several good results in the past on this type of surface and we believe that he can win Daniel and reach the semi-finals, even with a smaller handicap in number of won games.
Pick: Simon -2.5 games
Odds: 1.54 at 10bet (down to 1.50 can be played)
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