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Garbine Muguruza vs. Daria Gavrilova 2018 Rome Masters Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Garbine Muguruza and Daria Gavrilova meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis Rome Masters.

Garbine Muguruza has been real shaky this season, as she enters this tournament with a 15-8 record overall and is 2-2 on clay when you throw in her indoor clay court match. Muguruza is coming off a match in which she won just 49 percent of her first serve points and gave her opponent 19 break chances. It’s just not the Muguruza we’re used to seeing, and you have to question if she’s 100 percent or not. Muguruza simply doesn’t look confident at the moment, and hopefully this isn’t the 2016 version of herself rearing its ugly head again. The good news for Muguruza is that she’s made back-to-back semifinal appearances in the Italian Open, so this is a tournament that’s been kind to her recently. Muguruza has won five of his last seven matches on clay court.

Daria Gavrilova is coming off a three sets win over Natalia Vikhlyantseva that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Gavrilova won 64 percent of her first serve points and 21 percent of her second serve points. Gavrilova managed to win a match despite winning just six of her 29 second serve points, and that’s certainly not something you’re going to see everyday. The good news is that Gavrilova did win 50 percent of her return points and managed to break her opponent nine times. Gavrilova came into this tournament in rough form, and while she didn’t play her best, a victory could go a long way to turning her season around. Gavrilova has nine career wins over top-10 players, but none of them have come this year. Gavrilova has lost five of her last seven matches on clay court.

This will be the first time these two have played on the tennis court, as their meeting in this years Sydney International was a walkover.

This is a match that should help Muguruza, as Gavrilova came into this tournament losing five of her last seven matches, and she didn’t play well despite a victory. Muguruza should be able to have a field day with her return, and it’s only a matter of time before the serve starts to come together. Gavrilova also hasn’t won two matches in a single tournament since the Mexican Open. It’s real hard to trust her right now.

Muguruza wins this match.

Garbine Muguruza

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