M. Basic vs. M. Merterer / ATP Sofia – Next analysis will be dedicated to the quarterfinal duel of the tournament in Sofia, which will be played between the Bosnian-Herzegovinian tennis player M. Basic and German M. Merterer. Both tennis players have played the current part of the tournament without a lost set, and in the previous round Basic was better than the favourite P. Kohlschreiber, while Merterer defeated J. Sousa. Last year's winner of this tournament was G. Dimitrov, and the first holder of this season is a returnee on tennis courts, Swiss Wawrinka. Begins: 09.02.2018. – 20:30 CET
Basis scored his best career rating just two years ago when he was 109th world player. At the tournament in Sofia he came from 129th position at the ATP ranking with two wins and one defeat this season. Of course, this is the ratio recorded before the tournament in Sofia, so it is clear now that the statistics after this tournament will be a bit better. Basic has failed to win the ATP title in his career so far, nor was a participant in any of the ATP finals.
One of his best career performance was at the beginning of the year when he qualified for the quarterfinals in which he was outplayed by Argentine G. Pelle. However, after this very good result, there was a catastrophically bad match in the first qualifying round for Australian Open against A. Gonzalez, 354th world player. Finally, we will mention a very good performance in the final of last season when Basis won the semi-finals of the tournament in Moscow, in which he was defeated by his compatriot D. Dzumhur.
Merterer is a young German tennis player who is expected to do a lot in the coming period. This season, this German has reached his best career rating, which is the 82rd position of the ATP ranking on which he is still today. Like his current opponent, Merterer also failed to win the ATP title, and he started the season with an unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the main tournament in Doha, where he was defeated by M. Berrettini in the second qualifying round.
However, a much better result, and also the best in his career when it comes to Grand Slam tournaments, Merterer made has achieved at the Australian Open, where he reached the third round in which after a great four-set battle he lost to T. Sandgren. The second round of the tournament in Sofia has brought him J. Sousa for his opponent who he managed to defeat in two sets of 7:5 7:6. As we can see, the match was fairly balanced, and the German played better finals in both sets, where he managed to use almost every mistake of the player from Portugal.
M. Basic vs. M. Merterer PICK
If we do not count qualifications that do not enter the official statistics, these two players have so far had no opportunity to admeasure strength at ATP Tour. Both players have several good results that stand out compared to their previous career. We expect a fairly balanced match, but when we look at all the appearances since the beginning of this season, we believe that Merterer is currently in a better shape and that, in the end, he should be the one who will go in the semi-finals.
Pick: Merterer wins
Odds: 1.62 at unibet (down to 1.57 can be played)