ATP Marseille Day 3 Predictions Including Karen Khachanov vs Mackenzie McDonald

Karen Khachanov in action ahead of the ATP Marseille Open.

It should be an exciting day three at the ATP Marseille Open as the main draw whittles down. There are six singles matches, including both first and second round clashes, on the schedule at the Marseille Sports Palace and, as ever, we here at LWOT will be offering our predictions for every match on the slate, including Hugo Gaston vs Jannik Sinner. But who will advance?

ATP Marseille Open Day Three Predictions

Round of 32

Constant Lestienne vs Cameron Norrie

Head-to-head: Lestienne 1-0 Norrie

Cameron Norrie has posted some decent results so far this year, reaching the third round at the Australian Open before coming through the qualifying at the ATP Rotterdam Open to reach the round of 16. The Briton is playing well to say the least. He should also have recovered from the bruising 2-6 2-6 defeat he suffered at the hands of Karen Khachanov in Rotterdam and be ready to take on the French qualifier Constant Lestienne. Expect Norrie to make a strong start here.

Prediction: Norrie in 2
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Round of 16

Matthew Ebden vs Emil Ruusuvuori

Head-to-head: first meeting

Matthew Ebden will surely be mightily pleased with his first-round win which was a tight contest throughout. The Australian will likely have to play even better if he’s to progress at the expense of Emil Ruusuvuori, however, with the Finn an aggressive ball-striker who can, at times, run away with matches.

Ruusuvuori hasn’t spent a lot of time on court so far in Marseille as his first-round opponent, Yoshihito Nishioka, retired midway through the second set. Ebden plays consistent tennis and has good touch in the forecourt, but his groundstrokes may well allow Ruusuvuori to take control of the points and, eventually, the match.

Prediction: Ruusuvuori in 3
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Karen Khachanov vs Mackenzie McDonald

Head-to-head: first meeting

Khachanov should be tested here. After a disappointing couple of years, the Russian has been building his form up slowly and reached the quarterfinals in Rotterdam. But he will need to be at his best from the get go when he faces Mackenzie McDonald. The American backed up his title-winning run at the Nur-Sultan Challenger with a fighting first-round performance in Marseille.

That said, he did win only one of the 14 break points he created against Stefano Travaglia, which will be a cause for concern for the American, with Khachanov not likely to be so merciful. Expect an exciting clash, but for the Russian staying more consistent and winning the match.

Prediction: Khachanov in 3

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