R. Federer vs. M. Zverev / ATP Stuttgart – The second round of the tournament in Stuttgart brings us a match between the first seed, the Swiss R. Federer and the host tennis player M. Zverev. For the passage at this stage of the competition Zverev has lost to M. Youzhnog without any sets, while Federer as the first seed was free in the first round. Begins: 13.06.2018. – 11:00 CET
Federer has this year missed all the tournaments that were played on the clay this year. This has last year proved to be a good move since the Swiss dominated on the fast grounds, and something similar could be expected this season as well. This is the third consecutive performance of Federer at the tournament in Stuttgart, and it is interesting that this Swiss has not yet managed to reach the finals. This year he has motive in the fact that the good result on this tournament could take him back to the first position of the ATP ranking.
Since Nadal has defended a large number of points on the clay, the four titles won did not bring a lot of new points to detach himself from the first companion R. Federer, who lags only 100 points. Last season Federer was eliminated in the second round, when he was defeated by T. Haas, while he a year earlier came to a semi-final match in which he was stopped by D. Thiem.
Older brother Zverev is not this season at the level of the previous one, who has reached his best rating in the middle of the year, which is the 25th position at the ATP ranking. This year, Zverev recorded a significant drop in the rankings, so he is coming at the tournament in Stuttgart as the 54th world player with nine wins and 16 defeats this season. Zverev has failed to win any ATP title in his career, although he participated twice at the tournaments in Metz and Geneva.
As the ratio of victory and defeats speaks, Zverev ended most of the tournaments in the first or second round, and this particularly applies to the very beginning of the year. So his first better result did not happen until Masters in Monte Carlo, where he won the third round in which he was defeated by R. Gasquet. His second performance worth mentioning was at Roland Garros, where he also played the third round, and he was defeated by K. Anderson.
R. Federer vs. M. Zverev PICK
All five matches that were played so far between these two tennis players ended in favour of Federer. It is quite clear that the Swiss is a big favourite this season, but if we consider that Zverev is one of the tennis players with exceptionally strong services, which comes even more to the fore on grass, then Federer should not have an easy job in this match. Their mutual results from the previous season are going in favour that because Federer had quite a difficult time against Zverev on this type of ground. That is why we suggest a counter-handicap in the number of games won, because we think Zverev can with his services make this match even more uncertain.
Pick: Zverev +5 games
Odds: 1.50 at betway (down to 1.47 can be played)