David Goffin vs. Nicolas Almagro 2016 French Open Pick, Odds, Prediction
Almagro vs. Goffin
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David Goffin and Nicolas Almagro square off in the third round of the 2016 French Open.
David Goffin is coming off a straight sets win over Carlos Berlocq that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Goffin won 74 percent of his first serve points and 61 percent of his second serve points. Goffin has cruised in six sets this tournament and is winning no less than 61 percent of his service points. Goffin has also racked up 70 winners and has 50 unforced errors through his first two matches. Still, Goffin has do better than getting 49 percent of his first serves in play like he did his last match. Goffin has been a consistent player as of late and has a chance to become a top-10 player for the first time in his career. Goffin looks for his fourth career grand slam fourth round appearance.
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Nicolas Almagro is coming off a straight sets win over Jiri Vesely that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Almagro won 74 percent of his first serve points and 71 percent of his second serve points. Almagro played a much better match than his opening round, as he had just 17 unforced errors and has now racked up 88 winners overall this tournament. Almagro has to play a similar game if he hopes to advance any further this tournament. Almagro is building confidence after coming off the Estoril Open title and has a shot at some decent grand slam success for the first time in years. Almagro looks for his first fourth round appearance in a grand slam since the 2013 French Open.
These two have met three times in the past, and Almagro won all three meetings. The most recent match was in the 2013 Monte Carlo Masters, a match Almagro won in three sets. This will be the second time these two meet on clay.
The head to head doesn’t mean much considering they haven't played in three years, and it’s safe to say both guys have gone different directions since then. Goffin is a much better player than he was in 2013, and he’s in great form with wins in 12 of his last 17 matches.
I think this is where Goffin gets his first victory against Almagro.