ATP Shanghai Day 1 Top Tennis Picks: Borna Coric vs Oleksandr Dolgopolov

João Mourato

Saturday, October 10, 2015 6:13 PM GMT

The ATP Shanghai starts this Sunday and we'll prepare daily previews with the Top Play of each day. Join us while we analyze the best play for ATP Shanghai - Day 1

The ATP Shanghai starts this Sunday and we'll prepare daily previews with the Top Play of each day. Join us while we analyze the best play for ATP Shanghai - Day 1

 

Alexandr Dolgopolov vs Borna Coric
Despite being only 18 years old, Borna Coric is a great competitor and is already inside top 50. Borna’s solid baseline game and defensive skills are his main qualities, however the Croatian has a very unidimensional game.

Coric is always a tough player to face due to his consistency and for never giving anything to his opponents. The Croatian showed that last week in Tokyo where he won the first set against a very erratic Kei Nishikori however, when the Japanese raised the level there wasn’t much he could do and Kei won the match 2 – 6 6 – 1 6 – 2.

Alexandr Dolgopolov is an extremely talented player but struggles to perform at a consistent level. The Ukrainian was forced to retire from US Open due to an elbow injury and had a poor return to competition in Tokyo, losing in first round to Sam Querrey.

Dolgopolov will try to end a four games losing streak in this Shanghai event, this year Alexandr has been quite impressive in Masters events with a 16 – 6 record and recently reached Cincinnati’s quarterfinals.

They played earlier this year in Monte Carlo where Dolgopolov emerged victorious 7 – 5 5 – 7 6 – 2. It won’t be an easy match for Alexandr against such a competitive opponent however he’s clearly the player with more weapons on this contest.

Dolgopolov slices will change the pace of the rallies, not giving any rhythm to Coric on baseline exchanges. The Ukrainian has performed at his best on ATP 1000 events this year and has been a solid investment on this tournaments - 14.9% Yield.

We’ll add to our tennis picks the value on Dolgopolov tennis odds as ATP Shanghai Top Play – Day 1.

Tennis Pick: Alexandr Dolgopolov ML (-125) at Pinnacle.

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