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Copil vs Verdasco ATP Sofia R2 predictions & betting tips

Hannah Wilks 6 Feb 2019
  • Last year’s runner-up Marius Copil faces Fernando Verdasco in the second round of the Sofia Open
  • Copil made two ATP Tour finals on indoor hard courts in 2018
  • Copil vs Verdasco live stream available – watch and bet on Sofia Open tennis at bet365 

Marius Copil vs Fernando Verdasco ATP Sofia 2019 second-round match preview, predictions and betting tips here – Is Copil putting together another strong run on indoor hard courts?

Date: Thursday 7 February 2019

Start time: Around 1.30pm local/11.30am GMT

Court:  Centre Court, Sofia Open

Copil vs Verdasco predictions

Marius Copil has already caused one of the big upsets of the Sofia Open, a 250-level ATP Tour event played on indoor European hard courts during the fragmented month of February, when he ousted Stan Wawrinka in the first round in three sets.

Given the relative profiles and career achievements of both players, even if Wawrinka is temporarily embarrassed when it comes to rankings and there is only one place between them, Copil’s win could have been a considerable surprise, especially given that his recent form (going 1-3 in January) was not encouraging.

But then, some of us remembered that Copil had two big and somewhat unlikely runs in 2018, that both of them came on indoor hard courts, and one of them actually came at the Sofia Open, when he made his first ATP final there – and if he didn’t have to go through the toughest players in Sofia, where his highest-ranked opponent was Gilles Muller, he made up for that during his second run to a final in 2018, which came at the Swiss Indoors Basel and saw him beat Marin Cilic and Alexander Zverev before losing to Roger Federer. Copil now faces Verdasco for a place in the quarterfinals, which he is an 11/8 underdog with Betfair to secure.

Former top-10 player Fernando Verdasco, meanwhile, opened his Sofia Open campaign with a 6-2, 6-1 win over local wildcard Alexandar Lazarov, but didn’t face much meaningful opposition. The world no. 26, who made the semifinals or better at four ATP World Tour events in 2018 (including one on indoor hard courts in Vienna), was ousted from the Australian Open in the third round by Marin Cilic in a memorable encounter and is playing Sofia – and Copil – for the first time. Verdasco is 8/15 @ bet365 to win this second-round match.

Copil vs Verdasco match stats

Copil went 12-4 on indoor hard courts in 2018 and made two finals on that surface
Only one of Verdasco’s seven ATP Tour career titles have come on indoor hard courts
Copil has a 50-28 record against left-handers like Verdasco

Copil vs Verdasco betting tips

Returning to the scene of a strong run is often a confidence-booster, especially when one is dealing with a streaky player like Marius Copil, and if his three-set win over Wawrinka is anything to go by, that could be exactly what’s happening for the 2018 Sofia Open runner-up.

Copil really impressed with some of his indoor hard-court matches in 2018 with his runner-up finishes in Sofia and Basel, and it’s a stronger surface for him than it is for Verdasco, whose heavy ball doesn’t necessarily get the action it does on a grittier court. The two have never played, but Copil has a solid record against left-handers and has been toughened up by a three-set first-round battle, whereas Verdasco faced little opposition in his own first round. I like the Romanian, on this surface, to make it difficult for Verdasco to run round his backhand and get his big left-handed forehand into play. 

Copil vs Verdasco odds

Verdasco to win – 8/15 @ bet365

Copil to win – 11/8 @ Betfair

Over 2.5 sets – 5/4 @ Ladbrokes

Copil vs Verdasco recommended bet

Copil to win – 11/8 @ Betfair

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