Day 3 at ATP Basel provides many intriguing storylines as some of the best players in the world take the court in the third-largest city in Switzerland. Casper Ruud, looking to secure a spot in the 2023 ATP Finals, opens his tournament against Alexander Bublik. We at LWOT have the preview and prediction for that match and all other happenings around the grounds of Basel. But who will advance?
ATP Basel Day 3 Predictions
Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Leandro Riedi
Head-to-Head: first meeting
2023 has been a nightmare for Felix Auger-Aliassime. His 16-20 tour-level record has him at No. 53 in the Race to Turin. 21-year-old Swiss Wildcard Leandro Riedi looks to take advantage of the Canadian’s poor form when they square off at ATP Basel. Riedi is 1-6 in his tour-level career but did push Hubert Hurkacz to three sets earlier this year. I’ll roll with the home countryman. The crowd will be behind him, and FAA may want to flip the page to 2024.
Prediction: Riedi in 3
Ugo Humbert vs Marcos Giron
Head-to-Head: Humbert 1-0 Giron
Ugo Humbert has been playing terrific tennis over the last month. He is 6-2 over that span, with wins over Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, and Cameron Norrie. Marcos Giron is coming off a week where he advanced from qualifying to reach the Tokyo semifinals. This match sets up to be a high-level baseline encounter. Giron played two lefties in Tokyo and should be ready for Humbert’s spin. However, I give the Frenchman a slight edge due to his baseline consistency.
Prediction: Humbert in 3
Casper Ruud vs Alexander Bublik
Head-to-Head: Ruud 5-1 Bublik
We are in store for an incredible first-round battle in Basel as No. 2 seed Casper Ruud squares off against Alexander Bublik. Ruud is still very much in the hunt for a spot in the 2023 ATP Finals and needs a strong week in Basel. Bublik is coming off a title in Antwerp – the third of his career. Ruud has started to find his game as the season progresses, and I expect him to come out ready to fire, given his Tour Final aspirations.
Prediction: Ruud in 3
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