ATP Great Ocean Road Open Day 3 Predictions Including Kevin Anderson vs Cedrik-Marcel Stebe

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Wednesday at the 2021 ATP Great Ocean Road Open will feature a total of sixteen second-round matches. The top seeds come into play, including Delray Beach champion, Hubert Hurkacz. Meanwhile, Kevin Anderson, who might finally be healthy and dangerous, is going to play Cedrik-Marcel Stebe. Who do you think will come out on top?

We’re also predicting Wednesday’s other 12 matches, spread out among three other articles. One article features Reilly Opelka vs Sergiy Stakhovsky, the second headlines David Goffin vs Carlos Alcaraz, and the final features Alexander Bublik vs Christopher O’Connell.

ATP Great Ocean Road Open Day 3 Predictions

Jordan Thompson vs Pierre-Hugues Herbert

Head-to-head: Thompson 1-0

Down 2-5 in the decider against a server of Maxime Cressy’s class, Pierre-Hugues Herbert must have thought he was already out of the tournament. The Frenchman produced an impressive fightback though, taking the next five games and breaking serve for the first time in the match. This will be a completely different game though, much more focused on baseline rallies. Jordan Thompson usually performs quite well at home though and maybe not having to deal with all the quarantine issues can give him a sufficient advantage.
Prediction: Thompson in 3

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Mario Vilella Martinez vs Nikoloz Basilashvili

Head-to-head: First meeting

As always, Nikoloz Basilashvili is likely going to be the one who decides who will come out on top here. The Georgian finally broke the losing streak in Antalya but the improvements were rather slim. Mario Vilella Martinez is definitely good enough to take advantage if Basilashvili is in the unforced errors machine mode. I highly doubt he’s going to be able to do much to derail him though.
Prediction: Basilashvili in 3

Hubert Hurkacz vs Mikael Torpegaard

Head-to-head: First meeting

Hubert Hurkacz started the year with a title in Delray Beach but it still feels like we don’t know much about his actual level. As he faced no top 100 players (well, Sebastian Korda is now a top 100 player and very much was one level-wise), there are still some question marks to answer. But it’s unlikely the Pole is going to have to take care of that against Mikael Torpegaard. The Dane should try to seize control of the match from Hurkacz but he probably won’t be consistent enough to do it.
Prediction: Hurkacz in 2

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Kevin Anderson vs Cedrik-Marcel Stebe

Head-to-head: First meeting

Two players who have been struggling with injuries in recent years. While Cedrik-Marcel Stebe has been in good shape for a while now, Kevin Anderson had to retire from two matches at the end of last year. However, the South African’s performance to take out Feliciano Lopez was very convincing and it looks like he could be a real threat this year Down Under. If that is the case, Stebe shouldn’t present that much of an issue.
Prediction: Anderson in 2

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