Defending champion David Ferrer returns to the 2016 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, in Acapulco, as he tries to make history. Ferrer is looking to become the first player to reign supreme five times at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel. He’ll be taking on Australian John Millman in the opening round. This will be the pair’s first meeting on the ATP Tour. According to the David Ferrer v John Millman 2016 Abierto Mexicano Telcel Odds at Bodog Tennis, Ferrer is favored at -500 over the underdog Millman (+375). Here is our David Ferrer v John Millman 2016 Abierto Mexicano Telcel prediction.
Ferrer captured the Acapulco titles in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Ferrer will also be striving to maintain the Spanish dominance of the event, with seven of the last eight champions hailing from Spain (Grigor Dimitrov in 2014 being the exception).
Apart from a superb run to the 2016 Australian Open quarterfinals, Ferrer has struggled in all of the events he’s contested so far in 2016. He was defeated by Illya Marchenko and Jack Sock in Doha and Auckland respectively.
Ferrer suffered a shock loss in the 2016 Argentina Open semifinals and then headed to Rio de Janeiro hoping to defend his ATP 500 title from last season, but lost 6-3 6-2 in the quarter-finals by Dominic Thiem.
Millman is quickly earning a reputation as one of the biggest globe-trotters to start 2016. He has played every week of the year so far, beginning his season in Chennai, before quickly darting back to his home country for the Apia International in Sydney and the Australian Open in Melbourne. He made the third round at the 2016 Australian Open for a career best result.
Millman then contested the Delray Beach Open last week, where he exited in the opening round after going down in a tight 6-3 5-7 7-6(8) loss to Steve Johnson.
The Bottom Line: Ferrer will get past Millman with ease, but it will get tougher for Ferrer as he advances. Nishikori will be Ferrer’s undoing.