The ATP Rome Masters 1000 event kicked off Sunday with four matches, but we really get into the meat of play on Monday. The top players in the world will contest 13 matches, and we’re here to predict all of them for you. Five are in this article, and we have two other articles as well. One features Jannik Sinner vs Ugo Humbert and the other features Miomir Kecmanovic vs Aslan Karatsev. Who will move on to the second round? Let’s look at the matches.
ATP Rome Masters Day 2 Predictions
Stefano Travaglia vs Benoit Paire
Paire is a better player on clay. He has had serious issues finding motivation recently, as evidenced by a seven-match losing streak. The Frenchman snapped that with a somewhat impressive win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in Madrid last week. He should win this match, but it’s impossible to have any confidence in him at all.
Prediction: Travaglia in 3
Lloyd Harris vs Cristian Garin
Harris is an impressive young player who can challenge the best in the world. With his powerful game, he can make anyone uncomfortable. Unfortunately for him, Garin is much better on clay. On hard court this would be a great match, and I might even take the South African. On clay? I’m taking Garin and not looking back.
Prediction: Garin in 2
Hugo Dellien vs Adrian Mannarino
A few years ago, Dellien was looking impressive against even good players. Since then, he hasn’t found an elite level of consistency. Then again, Mannarino is no longer as consistent as he was a few years ago either. For a time, the Frenchman was playing like a solid Top 30 player. He’s not quite at that level for now, but he’s good enough to win this match.
Prediction: Mannarino in 2
Aljaz Bedene vs Jan-Lennard Struff
Bedene is most well-known for a nationality kerfuffle. Unfortunately for him, the reason that’s what first comes to mind about him is that his results on a tennis court don’t earn him much clout. Struff should outclass him in this.
Prediction: Struff in 2
Kei Nishikori vs Fabio Fognini
This is quite the blockbuster match for the first round of a Masters event. Fognini is a monster on clay when he wants to be, and he often wants to be on home soil. Nishikori, meanwhile, is slowly making his way back from extended injury absences. He’s fixed his serve and his ground game can still be powerful. Still, I think Fognini will want to win in Italy.
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