ATP: Clarke v Kovalik
PICK: pinnacle @ JC (107)
DATE: March 18, 2019 - 5:30 PM
STAR RATING: 7.0
EXPERT: Tennis Insiders
EVALUATION: Win (749)
Pick: 7* Clarke Moneyline
Kovalik hadn’t played since August 22nd last year before returning in Indian Wells 13 days ago, losing 6-3/6-3 to Popyrin.
He benefitted from an Istomin retirement in the 1st round of a Challenger event in Phoenix last week before losing 1-6/1-6 to Berrettini.
His game is more suited to clay courts and after such a long layoff his return has probably being aimed at collecting some prize money in Masters 1000 qualifying events.
Jay Clarke is a solid Challenger Level hard court player and the 20 year olds game is still developing.
His game is based around solidity from the baseline and drawing errors from his opponent and he should matchup well with Kovalik’s sometimes erratic approach to matches
Clarke should find his game in more rhythm given Kovalik’s only recent return from an extended absence, expect him to advance. Clarke Moneyline.