Donaldson vs. Ramos / ATP Monte Carlo – The first Masters Series tournament of the season that is played on clay courts will take place in next seven days, and that is the ATP Monte Carlo. Title defender is R. Nadal who defeated in last year’s final his compatriot A. Ramos. We are going to cover Ramos in our first analysis from the tournament. His opponent in the first round is young American J. Donaldson. Begins: 16.04.2018 – 11:00 CET
Bit more than one month ago Donaldson reached the 48th place in the ATP list, which is at the same time the best rating in his career so far. The rating went down a bit before the Masters in Monte Carlo and right now Donaldson occupies the 50th place in the ATP rank list. Since the beginning of the season the American has positive win/loss ratio 9-8. In four years of professional career Donaldson neither won an ATP title, nor he played in a final of ATP tournament.
He started the season with tournament in Brisbane where he lost to D. Istomin in the second round, which is exactly how far he got in Sydney, where he lost to D. Medvedev. The Australian Open had ended for him in the first round with defeat by his today’s opponent A. Ramos. He couldn’t go further than the first round at the tournament in New York where he lost to I. Karlovic. Donaldson played better this season only at the tournament in Acapulco, where he reached the semi-finals when K. Anderson defeated him.
Ramos made very similar results like Donaldson this season, and since the beginning of year he also won 9 matches and lost one match fewer. The Spaniard currently occupies the 23rd position in the ATP list, and he held the best rating in his career one year ago when he was World’s no. 17. Ramos won one ATP title in his career, which happened two seasons ago at the tournament in Bastad, where he defeated F. Verdasco in the final.
The season started for Ramos with two defeats in a row that he suffered at tournaments in Doha and Sydeny, where was defeated by G. Pella and P. Lorenzi. He did much better at the Australian Open where he reached the third round when was stopped by N. Djokovic. Ramos made the best by far result this season at the tournament in Quito, where he played in the final and somewhat surprisingly lost to his compatriot R. Carballes Baena.
J. Donaldson – A. Ramos PICK
Abovementioned match between Donaldson and Ramos at the Australian Open was at the same time their only head-to-head so far. Donaldson slowly but surely improves his form but Ramos is a favourite as the match will be played on clay surface where the Spaniard simply mustn’t allow any surprises.
Pick: Ramos wins
Odds: 1.50 at williamhill (down to 1.48 can be played)