It has been Argentina vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the ATP Cordoba Open this week. Literally. The Spaniard has defeated four Argentines to reach the final and all them have been three-set battles. Who will become the third Cordoba Open champion? Read the preview below to discover my opinion.
The Cerundolo brothers were talked up in the build-up to this tournament. However, it was Francisco who was deemed the brother most likely to make the breakthrough here. Juan Manuel has been able to use his natural athleticism and feel for the natural surface to draw out errors from his opponents. The use of the moonball has been judicious and he has managed to create a lot of opportunities on his opponent’s delivery.
Ramos-Vinolas is really pushing his limits of physical powers. He has gone three sets in every match so far. This can take a toll emotionally as well as physically, especially when a player hasn’t been in good form. Worries about the veteran Spaniard’s game coming into this tournament have been well and truly put aside though. The impressive victory over Diego Schwartzman has set this title up nicely.
I feel like I go against Cerundolo every match, but he seems to have been inspired by the home “crowd” this week. Having assessed the statistics from the week as well, it is Cerundolo who has won the higher percentage of his service points. The Argentine has also been more likely to break. As a result of this I will lean towards the Argentinian in the final, but the only thing I feel confident in predicting is that the match will go three sets.Prediction: Cerundolo in 3
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