David Ferrer v Evgeny Donskoy
There will have been a few players that would have hoped they were in the top half of the Olympic draw after seeing Novak Djokovic knocked out in the First Round. Unfortunately for these two players that is not the case, but David Ferrer and Evgeny Donskoy won’t be looking too far ahead as they meet in the Second Round.
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This is the second time in the space of a few months that Ferrer and Donskoy will play one another and the latter will be hoping for much better than winning three games in three sets at the French Open. Donskoy has to feel the hard courts gives him better chances against Ferrer, especially as the latter is not quite as quick around the court as he used to be, but the conditions in Rio might be suiting the Spaniard more.
It has looked pretty difficult to hit through the court (unless your name is Juan Martin Del Potro) and that should mean Ferrer is able to make enough balls back to extract mistakes from Donskoy. While the Russian has had his strongest results on the hard courts, those have come at Challenger and Qualifier level and he has come up short against the better players on the main Tour.
Ferrer has definitely slipped and is now outside of the top 10 in the World Rankings, but he should still have too much for Donskoy. The Ferrer serve is a weakness but I can see him earning three or four breaks of serve which should produce a 64, 63 win for the veteran.
HANDICAP BETTING PICK: David Ferrer -4.5 Games @ 1.68 with Matchbook
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