Lucas Pouille vs. Matthew Ebden
|Date & Time||Saturday December 29, 2018, 7:00 AM (EST)|
The Line: Matthew Ebden +125 / Lucas Pouille -155 -- Over/Under:
Matthew Ebden and Lucas Pouille meet in the round robin stages of the 2018 tennis Hopman Cup.
Matthew Ebden enters this match losing five of his last six matches and is coming off a performance in Paris in which he retired due to an illness. Ebden has had some serious serving issues during these struggles and it’s led to him losing 10 of his last 12 sets played. We know what Ebden is capable of when playing well, but we haven’t seen much promise from him since making the semifinals in the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships. Ebden could certainly use a confidence boosting victory here, as the 31-year-old can’t afford another year the way 2018 played out. Hopefully Ebden has figured things out with his serve and is ready for a bounce back season. Ebden has lost four of his last five matches on indoor hard court.
Lucas Pouille is another player who is due for breakout performance, as he’s lost five of his last seven matches and is coming off a Davis Cup match in which he had 44 unforced errors and was broken three times. Pouille has been in a slump since making the final in the Dubai Tennis Championships and has lost seven of his last eight sets played overall. Pouille has given us his best tennis over these last three years and is still only 24 years old, so he’s probably only to get better, but he must do a better job of cleaning up his unforced errors. Pouille can’t keep giving his opponent so many free points if he’s going to build on his nine final appearances over the last two and a half years. Pouille has lost four of his last five matches on indoor hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Both of these players finished the season with some serious struggles, so there’s no telling who is ready to snap out of that funk. Pouille is the more proven player and more likely to be up for this tournament. It’s just a matter of Pouille not making so many mistakes.
Still, I give Pouille the edge to win this match.