David Ferrer vs. Matthew Ebden
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 2, 2019, 7:00 AM (EST)|
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Matthew Ebden and David Ferrer meet in the round robin stages of the 2018 tennis Hopman Cup.
Matthew Ebden is coming off a three sets victory over Lucas Pouille that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Ebden won 82 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Ebden played rather clean tennis in his win, as he had 13 aces, won 72 percent of his total service points and gave himself seven break points. It was a much needed confidence boosting victory for the Australian, and Ebden now has a shot at back-to-back wins for the fourth time since the Wimbledon. As long as Ebden continues to serve well, something he’s had issues with in the past, he has to like his chances to snap out of his current funk. Ebden has lost four of his last six matches on indoor hard court.
David Ferrer is coming off a three sets loss to Alexander Zverev that took 33 games to decide. In the losing effort, Ferrer won 70 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Ferrer had his chances to pull off a shocking upset, as he forced a third set tiebreak but couldn’t win a single point to complete the deal. Ferrer is no longer the player he once was at nearly 37 years old, but there were encouraging signs in his losing effort. Ferrer got 64 percent of his first serves in play and produced two breaks against one of the top servers in the game. If Ferrer has anything left in the tank after playing two and a half hours, there’s hope for him in this match. Ferrer has lost his last six matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played once in the past, which was in Tokyo in 2011, a match Ferrer won in three sets. The match took 26 games to be decided.
Ferrer pushed Zverev to the limit, something I didn’t think he was capable of at his current stage, so there’s reason to consider him in this match. Ebden also hasn’t been the most consistent player in the world lately. With that said, I’m still siding with Ebden to win this match, as Ferrer is a shell of himself and could easily have a hard time bouncing back after putting everything he had into two ad a half hours.
Ebden serves his way to victory in a match that’s sure to be tight.