Starting at 03:00, we have the final match of the day at “New York” tournament between Ernesto Escobedo – Mackenzie McDonald.
Ernesto Escobedo – Is a 22-year old American who occupies the 131st position in Men’s Rankings. Preferred shot is forehand and tournament is Indian Wells, which he attended often as a child. Also, he likes Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal. This year has no good results, so I expect in this game to have problems again with McDonald. He got to tour 1 in Brisbane where he lost 2-0 with Zeballos. Then he lost in the last round of qualifiers at the Australian Open. At this tournament in New York, he won in qualifying with Ramanathan and Eubanks. In the last match of qualifying with Eubanks, “Neto” had big problems with the service and the field trip and this shows us his inconstancy on the tennis court.
McDonald – Is a 22-year old American who had his top 200 breakthrough just last year. He now stands 146th in Men’s Rankings, thanks to a Challenger won in November, at Fairfield (United States). He has a decent serve and can move well on the court but is clearly bothered when played on his backhand. Mackenzie played very well in the qualifiers, beating Rubin (United States), 6-1, 6-0, Kovalik (Slovakia), 6-2, 6-2, and Robert ( France ), 7-6, 6-7, 6-4. Got a good chance to draw Ymer (Sweden) in the first round and take advantage of this aspect – 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
He lost in 5 sets with Grigor Dimitrov (8-6 in the decisive), but he made a fantastic tournament. At the next tournament in Dallas, he lost in the final with Kei Nishikori score 2-0. At the San Francisco tournament he lost in tour 2 with Jason Jung. This year, he has improved his level of play and I think he has a good chance of entering the top 100 ATP.
In this match I think McDonald has the first chance because he raised his level in 2018. He qualified in the Dallas final on the indoor hard and knows the playing area. In conclusion, today I will bet on McDonald because it is the most talented and have good form. My predictions for Ernesto Escobedo – Mackenzie McDonald is below.
Predictions: McDonald to win, odds 1.67
Stake: 7 units