Albert Ramos-Vinolas (@1.22) vs Thomaz Bellucci (@3.75)

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Albert Ramos-Vinolas will win
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Albert Ramos-Vinolas – Thomaz Bellucci Match Prediction | 12-09-2019 09:00

After losing to Volandri the Brazilian had to hear boos from his own country crowd.[11] After losing in the 1R in the next four tournaments (Buenos Aires, Acapulco, Indian Wells and Dallas) Bellucci finally came up with two wins in a row in Miami, over Daniel Brands and Jerzy Janowicz, then losing in the third round to Seppi. He won in the 1R against fellow countryman Guilherme Clezar but fell again to Volandri in the 2R at Brasil Open. In Jacksonville, playing for Brazil in Davis Cup competition, he upset John Isner in a five-set match, but Brazil lost the tie to the US 32. He started the European clay court season by losing again in the first round of Monte Carlo to Philipp Kohlschreiber and finally reached his first quarter-final of the year in Barcelona, by defeating Pablo Carreno Busta and Dmitry Tursunov; he withdrew from the tournament with an abdominal strain, which made him lose the rest of the European clay court season and the grass season, including Roland Garros and Wimbledon. After an early first-round loss to Bla Kavi at the 2013 Australian Open, Bellucci got to the quarterfinals in doubles, with partner Benot Paire, losing to Marcel Granollers and Marc Lpez.

Falla, who has been poor on ATP main drawclay over the past three seasons (4-13 since 2012), will have a chance to improve that record. He upset Sergiy Stakhovsky, and then beat Roberto Carballes Baena, a Spaniard, to qualify. The unseeded qualifiers were Alejandro Falla, a Colombian veteran (and lefty), and Luca Vanni, an Italian veteran having his career best year in pro tennis. Vanni, who had a miracle run to the Sao Paulo final as a qualifier not that long ago, beat Carlos Berlocq and then Nicolas Mahut in three sets to snap a four match losing streak and place himself in his first ever Masters 1000 main draw.

Gasquet should be able to ease in against Marinko Matosevic, who struggles on clay, and then defeat Gastao Elias, a Portugese wild card, or a qualifier. Almagro is 2-0 in the h2h against Mayer, and Mayer is struggling, at least to an extent right right now, while Almagro was a semifinalist in Buenos Aires, and a quarterfinalist in Casablanca and Sao Paulo. Look for the veteran former top 20 Spanish fighter to reach the quarters and setup a big match against Richard Gasquet, who is also coming back from injury this week. Almagro has beaten Gasquet twice on clay (3-2 h2h overall) and it should be a close match, however I give the slightest of edges to Nico given Gasquets lack of matchplay as of late, and the adjustment to clay. 4 seed Leonardo Mayer will get a difficult match against Nicolas Almagro Round 2, presuming Almagro beats washed up journeyman Stephane Robert, who is playing under a protected ranking.

Ferrer has been in terrible form this season, posting just three wins, compared to three losses. The aging Ferrer leads the h2h 8-3, but Dolgopolov comes off the title in Buenos Aires and has won two of their last three meetings. Dolgo tends to struggle off of long, tiring weeks of tennis though, giving Ferrer an opportunity to kickstart his 2017 with a quality win. The shotmaker Dolgopolov is erratic in his own way, having struggled for months before winning in Buenos Aires.

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He then won his third career title at the Gstaad Open (his second trophy of the tournament) with a three set win over the same Janko Tipsarevi.[10] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he was knocked out in the first round of the men's singles by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Next came a first round at the BNP Paribas Open, though by November his ranking position was 33. In the Swiss Open he lost in three sets to World Number 1 Roger Federer in the second round of the tournament. After a few months without many significant results, including an elimination to Nadal in Wimbledon, he reached the semifinals at the Stuttgart Open losing to eventual champion and World Number 8 Janko Tipsarevi in three sets. He and teammate Andr S lost in the first round of the men's doubles to eventual gold medalists, the Bryan brothers.[4] At the Kremlin Cup Bellucci reached his first final in a hard-court tournament, losing to Andreas Seppi.

I have the unseeded Almagro taking the title this week, thus hes the obvious dark horse pick, he has a h2h edge in most of his possible matchups, and this draw isnt that imposing. He has 12 previous ATP titles, and has reached 9 additional ATP finals, all of those have come on clay. Almagro has been a top player before, and the 29 year old has the ability to impose himself on this field if he plays well.

Robredo comes off the quarters in Barcelona and is 4-2 in his last two tournaments on clay (Monte Carlo the other), additionally, hes 3-0 against PCB (who hasnt won a match since Rio in February (7 straight losses), so look for Robredo in the quarters. Montanes opens with a qualifier, in a section a qualifier could bust open, while Muller will play wild card Frederico Ferreira Silva of Portugal (20). In those quarters, he could face Gilles Muller, who hasnt won an ATP match on clay since 2012, or perhaps faded veteran Albert Montanes, a 34 year old pensioner who was formerly reliable but hasnt won consecutive matches since Quito. I have Muller in the quarters, losing to the more accomplished clay courter Robredo in my own bracket, though Montanes may have something left in the tank. Tommy Robredo will open with a qualifier or Pablo Carreno Busta.

I wouldnt count an Argentine or Brazilian player to make a run this week, and Schwartzman is my dark horse pick. Schwartzman has shown he has a well-rounded game and can play his best tennis on clay, if he finds his groove he could make a mark this week like Berlocq and Dolgopolov did last week. Lorenzi and Thiem are not easy early round opponents, but both are beatable, and Thiem may be fatigued.

2 and former French Open champion Rafael Nadal in three sets.[7] En route to the 4th round he defeated 14th seed Ivan Ljubii, qualifier Pablo Andjar and Michal Llodra. He continued in good form at the 2010 French Open. Thomaz reached the fourth round, losing to world no.

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Ramos-Vinolas will have a good chance to lift the Spanish curse of the Pekao Szczecin Open. Clay courts are usually this nations players forte, yet over 26 past editions not a single Spaniard lifted the title. Seven different men combined for nine runner-ups and only two sets won in the finals. In last years edition, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina took a set from Guido Andreozzi, but came up just short in the very end.