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David Ferrer vs Nikoloz Basilashvili ATP Hamburg Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Ferrer looks to build on Bastad success

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 25 Jul 2017
  • David Ferrer vs Nikoloz Basilashvili is live from Hamburg on Wednesday, 26 July from 12:30 local time/ 11:30BST
  • Ferrer is looking to build on last week's title-winning run in Bastad 

David Ferrer looks to build on his title-winning run in Bastad when he takes on Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in his opening match at the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg on Wednesday.

Ferrer‘s victory in Bastad was his first title since he won the Vienna Open in October 2015, a title drought that spanned almost two years. The Spaniard underwent a pretty steep decline in those two years. After winning an amazing five trophies in 2015, the 35-year-old did not make a single final until last week’s success in Bastad. His ranking naturally took a big hit. The former top-ten mainstay ended 2015 as the seventh ranked player in the world, but he finished 2016 outside the top 20- and at no point in 2017 has he broken back into that top 20 bracket.

Victory in Bastad took his up 13 spots to number 33, and being one of the great battlers on the tour, he will demand further progress from himself this week in Hamburg. Ferrer may never get back to his consistent top-ten days, but he showed in Bastad that he has still got a bit of fight in him before he calls it a career.

Prior to last week’s run in Bastad, he had a negative win-loss record for the season, and had made just the one semi-final all year- at the ATP 250 meet in Estoril. Comfortable straight-sets victories over Federico Delbonis and Dustin Brown took him to the quarter finals in Bastad, where he survived two match points against Swiss, Henri Laaksonen to dig out a 7-5 3-6 7-6 victory and book his place in semi-finals. It was the first time he had won three straight matches in 2017. Ferrer needed three more sets to see off fellow Spaniard, Fernando Verdasco in the semi-finals, before scoring a 6-4 6-4 victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov in the final to claim an emotional third Bastad title.

"It's been two years that I haven't won a tournament, so I'm really happy for this win," said Ferrer. "I was a little nervous up 5-1 and Alexandr played without pressure. I tried to be focused on every point, but when I had all those match points I was thinking too much. 
"I am going week by week, match by match and I still have the motivation. I know it will be very difficult to get back to the Top 10, but if I stay competitive like this week, I will play next year for sure. I still enjoy playing tennis, but it's different as I am 35 years old."

The Spaniard’s attention is now firmly on Hamburg, where he has a tricky opener against Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Basilashvili is not in the best of forms. Since winning only one game in a chastening loss to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, the Georgian has won just one of his next six matches, suffering opening round defeats in Stuttgart, Queen’s, Antalya, and Bastad.

However, prior to that run, the 25-year-old had put together the best year of his career, rising to a personal-best number 51 in the world. Basilashvili reached his second tour final in Memphis, (the first was in Kitzbuhel last year). and made semi-finals in Sofia and in Lyon.

He has blown hot and very cold on clay this year. There was that 5-2 run in the Lyon-Roland Garros stretch (which was brought to a brutal ending by Nadal), but apart from that, he won just one main draw match on the surface- suffering first round losses in Monte Carlo, Istanbul and Bastad, while failing to qualify for Madrid.

Basilashvili is an aggressive hitter from the back of the court who can do serious damage with the forehand, but he runs into one of the most formidable walls on the tour on Wednesday. That’s David Ferrer when he is at his best. 

Ferrer’s best looks to have come and gone, but he is still good enough to withstand whatever an out-of-form Basilashvili throws at him. Driven by the confidence and momentum garnered from last week’s Bastad success, the Spaniard should take care of business and move into the next round on Wednesday.

David Ferrer vs Nikoloz Basilashvili is live from Hamburg on Wednesday, 26 July from 12:30 local time/ 11:30BST


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David Ferrer vs Nikoloz Basilashvili ATP Hamburg Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Ferrer looks to build on Bastad success

David Ferrer takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili in his opening match in Hamburg on Wednesday. Will Ferrer build on his title-winning run in Bastad? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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