Starting at 02:00, we have the last match of the day at Delray Beach tournament, Jack Sock – John Patrick Smith ($ 622,675, hard, men).
Jack Sock is on the 8th ATP and this is the best position he has placed. He is a right-handed player who hits backhand with both hands. Favourite surfaces are clay and hard, and considers forehand his best shot. In his career he has won four titles ATP, Houston, Auckland, Delray Beach (2017) and Paris. In 2017 he won the Delray Beach tournament, so he comes to this tournament with the thought of defending his points. Year 2018 is disastrous for Sock because he only won 1 match in nearly 3 months. He won the Hopman Cup with Khachanov 2-1, but was then defeated by Sugita and Federer. Auckland lost to Gojowczyk (3-6 3-6). The Australian Open lost again with Sugita (6-1 7-6 5-7 6-3). In the Australian Open, the problem was on the back as he had a 25% return on the first service, a very small one considering Sugita’s poor service. Also on second service, he only won 32% of the balls returned, so he lost very easily.
John Patrik Smith is 225th ATP and the best ranked player was 108 ATP in 2015. He likes to play fast on surfaces and thinks “the main weapon” is the service. He has no ATP finals in his career. It started very well in 2018, with a qualification on the main painting in Brisbane. At the Australian Open tournament he lost in the last round of qualifying with Kevin King in the USA. Sofia lost in the first round with Florian Mayer, score (6-7 6-7). Now at Delray Beach he won in qualifying with Escobedo and Norrie. In the match with Norrie he lost 3 times his service and offered other break balls in other games.
Jack Sock – John Patrick Smith: Prediction
Sock certainly wants his victory, given that he has to defend a lot of points for his ranking. The form of the moment does not recommend betting on it, except on games or a surprise from Smith. Also, Smith is accommodated with the surface of Delray Beach because he played 2 matches so far and I think this can make the balance between value and form moment.
Prediction: Over 21.5 games, odds 1.82
Stake: 5 units