ATP Washington Day 3 Predictions Including Emil Ruusuvuori vs Hurkacz

Hubert Hurkacz in action at the ATP Washington Open in 2019.
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Day three at the ATP Washington Open has 12 second-round matches on the slate on what should be an entertaining day in D.C. and, as always, we here at LWOT will be offering our predictions for every match on the schedule, including Denis Kudla vs Reilly Opelka and Tommy Paul vs Nick Kyrgios. But who will advance?

ATP Washington Day 3 Predictions

Aslan Karatsev vs Mikael Ymer

Head-to-head: Ymer 1-0 Karatsev

Mikael Ymer opened his Citi Open campaign with an impressive three-set win over Andy Murray. He took the third set 6-1 as the 35-year-old wore down in the heat. He now matches up with Aslan Karatsev, someone he bested over four years ago at a Challenger event. Karatsev had a breakout 2021 season but has failed to hold his level. He is just 14-19 this season and has struggled to find consistency. With that said, he does play very well on fast hard courts. I like the #15 seed to get it done in the third set.

Prediction: Karatsev in 3
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Jack Sock vs Maxime Cressy

Head-to-head: Sock 1-0 Cressy

Americans Jack Sock and Maxime Cressy will square off in the second round at the ATP Washington Open with a chance to set up a matchup with top seed Andrey Rublev. Sock took four sets to best Cressy earlier this year at Wimbledon. With that said, will Sock hold the same focus in Washington DC? It is tough to say, but the former world #8 did look excited to be at this event during his first round win over David Goffin. This match has three sets and 39 total games written all over it. I will give Cressy the slight edge as he comes off his maiden title in Newport.

Prediction: Cressy in 3
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Christopher Eubanks vs Frances Tiafoe

Head-to-head: Tiafoe 1-0 Eubanks

Americans Christopher Eubanks and Frances Tiafoe are set to match up in the second round at the ATP Washington Open in what is looking like an open quarter of the draw. These two met last year in New York, with Tiafoe winning in a hard-fought four-set match. Although Tiafoe’s season has been riddled with injuries and tough losses, I believe he is ready to up his level over the next six weeks. Having grown up in a suburb of Washington DC, Tiafoe will certainly have fan support behind him. He thrives in this situation and is poised to have a strong Citi Open. He should handle Eubanks, who has spent the majority of his 2022 season playing at the Challenger level.

Prediction: Tiafoe in 2
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Hubert Hurkacz vsĀ Emil Ruusuvuori

Head-to-head: first meeting

After a first-round comeback that saw him drop the first set 1-6 to Mackenzie McDonald, Emil Ruusuvuori is slated to play #2 seed Hubert Hurkacz. Holding a 28-12 record on the season, Hurkacz has turned into one of the world’s finest players on speedy courts. His serve plus-one is a deadly weapon that is very tough to match when firing. Ruusuvuori, who is 12-7 on the hard courts this season, just does not have the weapons to punish the Pole. I see Hurkacz handling business in this one.

Prediction: Hurkacz in 2

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