Match date: 16 Feb 2018 | Sport: Tennis | Competition: ATP
Odds: 12.00 | Stake: 4/10 | Pick: T.Monteiro to reach the semifinals | Match result: Lost - Lost
This is clearly a long shot but I have faith in the Brazilian abilities. Monteiro is player who is hard to be stopped on clay when his game is on. He reached the quarter finals in Quito and beat G.Monfils with 2-1 sets. Last year he reached the quarter finals so clearly he is well motivated to defend his points and he is in good rhythm. He has to win three matches here to reach the semifinals. He will start with the veteran Verdasco who is rough opponent but this will be the first match of the Spaniard on clay for the year and he will play here for the first time since 2012. Thiem is looking like the most likely last step and it will be a hard one. The Austrian played once here before and he won the title but did drop a set in four pf his five matches so he is vulnerable. Moreover Monteiro can push the backhand of Thiem from the serve as the Brazilian is lefty and I think Monteiro deserve to be trusted.