Sunday kicked off a great draw at the ATP Winston-Salem Open, and Day 2 promises even more great tennis. As always, we’re here at LWOT to share our thoughts on all the matches. Who do you think wins in North Carolina on Monday? We also have the rest of the day’s matches, in two separate articles. One features Lorenzo Musetti vs Federico Coria and the second features Steve Johnson vs Alexei Popyrin.
ATP Winston-Salem Open Day 2 Predictions
Tung-Lin Wu vs Gianluca Mager
Mager has played just one hard court match since the Australian Open back in February. That shouldn’t be a problem, though. Wu has never been ranked in the Top 200, and this is his first Tour-level match. Wu hasn’t been particularly impressive on the ATP Challenger Tour level either this year. It’s really hard to see this as being competitive.
Prediction: Mager in 2
Marco Cecchinato vs Dominik Koepfer
Cecchinato looked great a few years ago, upsetting Novak Djokovic at the French Open. The Italian has impressed on clay several times since then, though nothing to that level. Koepfer, meanwhile, played an amazing career of college tennis at Tulane. He loves the hard courts, and he has success on the US Open circuit in the past. If this was on clay, I might take Cecchinato. But on this surface, go with the college player.
Prediction: Koepfer in 2
Egor Gerasimov vs Richard Gasquet
Gasquet has shown glimpses of his former self this year, but the Frenchman is clearly well past his prime. He can’t keep up his level for consistent matches, and his health is always a concern. Gerasimov, meanwhile, has solid results this year, but has been better on other surfaces than hard courts. I’ll give Gasquet the edge, but he’s hard to trust.
Prediction: Gasquet in 3
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