Day 4 at the ATP BMW Open in Munich provides the remainder of the round of 16 matches–featuring fourth, fifth, and seventh seeds Filip Krajinovic, Nikoloz Basilashvili, and Jan-Lennard Struff. Let’s have a look at the matches in more detail.
ATP Munich Day 4 Predictions
Federico Coria vs Norbert Gombos
After five losses in a row, Argentine Coria grinded out a good win in the opening round against Cedrik-Marcel Stebe. Facing a lucky loser in the second round, it’s fair to say the stars have somewhat aligned for Coria. With a very nice draw, he can play himself back into the form he expect to be in. With only five places separating the two in the rankings, this one is very hard to call, it really could go either way but purely because Coria won his opening round match here, I think he’ll build off that.
Prediction: Coria in 3
Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Daniel Galan Riveros
Basilashvili was one of the worst Top 50 players in 2020 on tour, no doubt about that. What no one expected though was him to randomly out of nowhere beat Roger Federer in Dubai and then go on to win the title. Since then, he’s lost five of his eight matches. However, this is a surface where he’s won 500 level titles and will expect himself to play far better than he did in Cagliari, Monte-Carlo, and Barcelona. This is also the perfect match for his play style. Galan Riveros is coming off a good win over Sebastian Korda but his style allows the Georgian to play his attacking brand of tennis without weapons on the other side of the court being able to hurt him.
Prediction: Basilashvili in 2
Yannick Hanfmann vs Filip Krajinovic
Despite being ranked inside the world’s top 40, Krajinovic has always been missing that killer instinct to make him a genuinely great player. Either way, where he stands at the moment is pretty much relative to his level–he beats almost all the players he should beat and loses to the ones where he’s often rivaled. With no disrespect to Hanfmann, this is one of those matches where Krajinovic should indeed comfortably win by just being too solid and not having to do too much.
Prediction: Krajinovic in 2
Dominik Koepfer vs Jan-Lennard Struff
A battle between two Germans, both ranked inside the Top 60, is really hard one to call. Koepfer has shown in the past he can compete with most players on this surface. But with the powerful game Struff possesses, alongside a big serve, he’s also shown he’s capable of doing the same. The two haven’t met before, so it’s hard to imagine how this one goes. If Koepfer is able to live with his older compatriot’s power he should be able to grind his backhand down in rallies to force the errors. If not, though, he could easily be blown off court as well.
Prediction: Struff in 3
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