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ATP Basel Day 2 Predictions Including Stan Wawrinka vs Alexander Shevchenko

Stan Wawrinka in action ahead of the ATP Basel Open.

There is a packed schedule for the second day at the ATP Basel Indoors. The draw is incredibly strong in Switzerland, despite three players electing to withdraw from the event, with seven intriguing matches scheduled on day two in Basel. As ever, we here at LWOT are offering our predictions for every match on day two in Basel, including Holger Rune vs Miomir Kecmanovic. But who will book their spot in the round of 16?

ATP Basel Day 2 Predictions

Tallon Griekspoor vs Thiago Seyboth Wild

Head-to-head: first meeting

It has been the best season of Tallon Grieskpoor’s career to date. His run to the quarterfinal in Stockholm last week as the third seed may not seem spectacular on paper. However, the Dutchman lost every match he played during the indoor season last year, making any win valuable. Expect him to get another win against Seyboth Wild. The Brazilian possesses a huge forehand, and infamously defeated Daniil Medvedev at the French Open this year. But Seyboth Wild is a clay-court specialist, and is unlikely to have enough against Griekspoor.

Prediction: Griekspoor in 2

Alex de Minaur vs Diego Schwartzman

Head-to-head: de Minaur 2-0 Schwartzman

These two met less than two weeks ago in Tokyo, and Alex de Minaur won with relative ease. It is a tough matchup for Diego Schwartzman. The Australian plays a similar style to Schwartzman, based on consistency and athleticism, but he is younger and near his prime. In fact, de Minaur is now a significantly better mover on hard courts than Schwartman. The Argentine has been playing much better recently after a very difficult season, which will give him some hope. Nonetheless, expect De minaur to beat Schwartzman once again in Basel.

Prediction: de Minaur in 2
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Nicolas Jarry vs Adrian Mannarino

Head-to-head: first meeting

There is a clear clash of styles in this match. Nicolas Jarry’s powerful serve and forehand are his biggest strengths, while Adrian Mannarino’s game is based primarily on consistency and effectively redirecting the pace of his opponent. It is a mixed matchup for Jarry. The Chilean prefers time on his groundstrokes, which he will get due to the relative lack of power from Mannarino’s groundstrokes. However, he can struggle against lower-bouncing shots, and the Frenchman’s strokes are among the flattest on the ATP Tour. Both players have had great seasons. Mannarino will probably just about have the edge on a hard court.

Prediction: Mannarino in 3

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Stan Wawrinka vs Alexander Shevchenko

Head-to-head: first meeting

Alexander Shevchenko’s level often fluctuates wildly. That was shown last week in Antwerp, where he won an epic opening round match against Benjamin Bonzi but then conspired to lose to clay court specialist Juan Pablo Varillias, despite winning the opening set. Stanislas Wawrinka is enjoying his best season since 2019, and has reinvented himself at the age of 38. The Swiss legend’s record in first-round matches is strong in 2023. Wawrinka gets a slight edge, but in truth, it is extremely difficult to predict how Shevchenko will perform.

Prediction: Wawrinka in 3

Main photo credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


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