ATP Seoul Day 2 Predictions Including Mackenzie McDonald vs Pedro Martinez

Mackenzie McDonald in action ahead of the ATP Seoul Open.

Almost all the remaining first-round matches will be completed on Tuesday at the 2022 ATP Seoul Open. With seven matches on day two, there should be plenty of exciting tennis for the fans to enjoy and, as always, we here at LWOT will be offering our predictions for every match on the slate including Daniel Evans vs Yoshihito Nishioka. But who will book their place in the second round?

ATP Seoul Day 2 Predictions

Nicolas Jarry vs Ryan Peniston

Head-to-head: first meeting

Nicolas Jarry was originally supposed to face Marcos Giron, but the American withdrew after finishing as runner-up in San Diego. Ryan Peniston got in as a lucky loser after losing out to Tung-Lin Wu in the qualifying. The Brit hasn’t been in good form recently and his ranking is perhaps somewhat inflated thanks to his performances on the grass this year. While Jarry hasn’t played that much on hard courts this year, he looked great in the qualifying draw and his serve is a weapon that easily transcends surfaces. It’s a great opportunity for the 26-year-old.

Prediction: Jarry in 2
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Steve Johnson vs Ji-Sung Nam

Head-to-head: first meeting

Ji-Sung Nam will be playing a tour-level main draw match just for the third time in his career. Steve Johnson is far from the toughest draw he could have gotten, but he’s also very likely to simply be too strong for the Korean. The World No. 590 played just two Challenger events all year and mostly spends his time on the ITF circuit (he won a 15K in Chiang Rai this year). Even with Johnson in very mediocre form, he should be fairly comfortable here.

Prediction: Johnson in 2
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Chun-Hsin Tseng vs Christopher O’Connell

Head-to-head: O’Connell 1-0 Tseng

Chun-Hsin Tseng has struggled in his first main tour appearances, only grabbing a couple of wins so far. The Taiwanese also looked more competitive on clay courts than on hard as it’s simply easier for higher-ranked players to overpower him in faster conditions. Christopher O’Connell is a winnable matchup for him, but the Australian has just had a very solid week at San Diego and if he brings that form here, he will be tough to stop.

Prediction: O’Connell in 3
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Mackenzie McDonald vs Pedro Martinez

Head-to-head: First meeting

Pedro Martinez has been really struggling with his form in the last few months and he arrives in Seoul on a six-match losing streak. The Spaniard is a competent hard-court player at his best, but being so low on confidence at the moment plus competing on a surface he’s less comfortable with is not a good mix. Mackenzie McDonald has the more natural game for these conditions and should be winning this one, even if he also hasn’t been setting the world on fire of late.

Prediction: McDonald in 3

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