After an exciting grass court season, the ATP Tour shifts its focus to the US Open with the beginning of the US Open series. With some big names combined with the next generation, this week promised to be an exciting week of hard court tennis. It all kicks off at the Atlanta Open in Georgia. Here are my predictions for the top four matches on Day 2.
ATP Atlanta Open Day 2 Predictions
Reilly Opelka vs Alexander Bublik
The second match on Stadium court is a clash of the NextGen with the big serving American taking on the unorthodox Russian Alexander Bublik. It has been somewhat of a breakthrough year for Reilly Opelka. The American won his first ATP World Tour Title in February at the New York Open. And, just a couple of weeks ago on the lawns of the All England Club, he reached the third round at Wimbledon, a run that included an epic five set victory over Stan Wawrinka. Standing at 6’11”, he is an imposing figure at the net, and he possesses a thunderous forehand.
Alexander Bublik has also enjoyed a good run of form, reaching his first ATP Tour final in Newport last week. The Russian showcased plenty of tricks, including a number of underarm serves that unsettled his opponents. The Russian certainly had the game to beat Opelka, but I predict that the American’s serve combined with the fact that he didn’t play last week will mean that Opelka will be the fresher of the two and will win in two close sets.
Prediction: Opelka in 2
Tennys Sandgren vs Radu Albot
The return to the American hard courts will bring back happy memories for Radu Albot. The Moldovan won his first ATP Tour title this season in Delray Beach and pushed Federer in a tough three set match in Miami. Albot has a solid all round game and is difficult to break down.
Tennys Sangren also won his first ATP Tour title at the start of the season on the hard courts of Auckland. He also had a brilliant run to the fourth round of Wimbledon. This promises to be the most competitive match of the day, with both players staying at the baseline. However I believe Sandgren has slightly more firepower and I predict the American to come through in three sets.
Prediction: Sandgren in 3
Miomir Kecmancovic vs Jack Sock
This promised to be another interesting match. The young Serbian has enjoyed an impressive 2019, reaching the quarterfinals of Indian Wells and reaching his first ATP Tour final in Antalya. On the other hand, Jack Sock hasn’t played a ATP Tour match since the Australian Open in January because of injury. Up until that point, the American was struggling for form in singles, having dominated the second half of the season in doubles. Perhaps the injury will be a blessing in disguise and Sock will return to the top of the singles game. However, with it being his first match back, I predict the Serb to win in three sets.
Prediction: Kecmanovic in 3
Bernard Tomic vs Frances Tiafoe
This certainly promises to be the most unpredictable match of the day. Both players are looking for an upturn in form. Tiafoe has been struggling this year to put up consistent results. However I believe that the American hard court season will prove more promising for Tiafoe as he has two big weapons in his serve and his forehand. In a way, Bernard Tomic is the perfect player for Tiafoe to play in the first round.
It is sad to think about what has happened to Tomic’s career since reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2011. Issues with motivation and off court troubles have lead to a string of disappointing results. On his day, Tomic is a solid player who likes to stay at the baseline and engage in long exchanges from the back of the court. However he doesn’t possess the power of Tiafoe, and with his level being very unpredictable I predict a comfortable straight sets victory for the American.
Prediction: Tiafoe in 2
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