Eight top seeds had a bye in the first round, therefore they will open their ATP Great Ocean Road Open campaigns on Wednesday. One of them will be Alexander Bublik, who might have to face a very difficult challenge against Christopher O’Connell. Who do you think will advance?
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 Kevin Anderson vs Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, and the final features David Goffin vs Carlos Alcaraz.
ATP Great Ocean Road Open Day 3 Predictions
Salvatore Caruso vs Tennys Sandgren
Head-to-head: Caruso 1-0
Salvatore Caruso owns a head-to-head win from last year in Rome but on hard courts, it could be a very different story. Tennys Sandgren has played the best tennis of his career Down Under in the past and while his performance to beat John-Patrick Smith was far from perfect, the American should be much better suited to the conditions in Melbourne.
Prediction: Sandgren in 3
Robin Haase vs Pablo Cuevas
Head-to-head: Haase 2-1
Pablo Cuevas advanced at the expense of Pablo Andujar, whose hard court games seems to be at a terrible place recently. However, since the start of the season, Robin Haase has been showing glimpses of his former self. That is a very worrying sign for Cuevas, who simply isn’t that same caliber of a hard court player.
Prediction: Haase in 3
Matthew Ebden vs Thiago Monteiro
Head-to-head: First meeting
What an opportunity for both. Matthew Ebden got in as an alternate and scored one of his best wins in a while over Federico Delbonis. Thiago Monteiro was supposed to play Vasek Pospisil but instead got an opportunity to make the second round against Thomas Fancutt. Ebden still seems very far off his 2018 form but against an opponent that doesn’t enjoy faster hard court conditions, this could be a great chance for him to something going.
Prediction: Ebden in 3
Christopher O’Connell vs Alexander Bublik
Head-to-head: O’Connell 1-0
Alexander Bublik was doing extremely well in Antalya, right until rolling his ankle and being forced to retire after just a couple of games in the final. Even without this fitness question mark, Christopher O’Connell would have a pretty decent chance for an upset here. His rather consistent punching game can do a great deal of trouble to such unstable players as Bublik. He also got a good amount of match rhythm in a tough opening round win over Dominik Koepfer.
Prediction: O’Connell in 3
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