Copil vs. Basic / ATP Sofia – Two players who hadn’t much opportunity so far to play in a final of ATP tournament will play today for the title at the ATP tournament in Sofia. Clearly, this is going to be a special event for them and besides physical preparedness psychology will play an important role. Copil made no mistakes throughout the whole tournament in his service games, while Basic played better and better as the tournament progressed, and his reward was victory over the first seed S. Wawrinka. Begins: 11.02.2018 – 16:00 CET
After what he has shown at the tournament in Sofia it is simply unbelievable that Copil is not positioned among first 50 ranked players in the world. The Romanian hasn’t lost a single service game in Sofia and he didn’t allow Kovalik to have a single break point in the semi-final match. Both players were fighting for their first ATP final but it was clear from the very beginning that Copil is far more determined and aggressive, while Kovalik seemed a bit confused.
At the beginning of match Copil made a break and he effortlessly maintained the advantage by the end of first set. Kovalik showed lot of nervousness and frustrations in those moments that only made the situation harder. At the beginning of second set he lost two more service games when it became clear Copil will be the one who play in his first ATP final. Good indicator of Copil’s dominance in his service games is 1st serve points won that was at even 96%.
Basic will remember the tournament in Sofia by the best result in his career so far, just like his opponent in the final. Bosnia-Herzegovina player did excellently the whole tournament which started for him on February 3, given that he had to go through the qualifications. Pinnacle of his good form was the semi-final match in which Basic made a great surprise as he eliminated the first seed S. Wawrinka.
Both tennis players didn’t allow surprises in their service games and the first set quickly reached the tie-break in which Wawrinka dropped significant advantage. Basic knew how to exploit that and he turned it into 1-0 advantage in sets. In those moments it was expected that the Swiss will respond in accordance with his reputation. The second set started just like that as Wawrinka made a break but his advantage didn’t last for long. Basic didn’t surrender and by the end of second set he made two breaks, which was enough to well-deserved victory of Bosnia-Herzegovina player.
M. Copil – M. Basic PICK
This is going to be the first match between the two players at an ATP tournament. However, if we take into account the qualification and their results made at lower-ranked tournaments, the head-to-head score is 2-1 for Basic. According to all what we have seen here it is clear that we should expect a great fight in which service will be the main weapon. If we add to that importance of the match, uncertainty and larger number of games are what will happen most likely.
Pick: over 22.5 games
Odds 1.67 at unibet (down to 1.62 be played)