Popyrin vs Martinez: prediction for the ATP Sydney
Alexei Popyrin has already played a couple of matches in the new season. Last week, Popyrin appeared at the tournament in Melbourne. In the first round, the representative of Australia defeated Stefano Travaglia (7-6, 6-3) in two straight sets, but then he lost to Tallon Griekspoor (3-6, 6-4, 3-6). Popyrin is currently in 59th place in the world ranking - this is the best result in his career so far.
This will be the first singles match of the season for Pedro Martinez. He played for matches in doubles at the ATP Cup, and was successful only in two of them. In general, Martinez doesn't often appear on hard courts. The Spanish tennis player is not very confident on fast surfaces, but sometimes he can demonstrate quality tennis on hard.
In the last 5 matches, Popyrin played 3 tie-breaks.
Martinez played more than 9 games in the first set in 3 of his last 5 matches.
Popyrin comes into this match as a favourite. Martinez is a clay-court specialist, and the Australian tennis player should defeat him on hard. Morever, this is the first match in the season for the Spaniard, so Popyrin should be able to close the opponent in two sets.
Our prediction - total under 23 games
We believe that Martinez has no chance against Popyrin in the upcoming fixture. The Spaniard isn't usually confident on hard courts and he yet hasn't played alone this year.
Second bet - handicap (-3) to Popyrin