With a number of star names ready to take to the courts and six intriguing matches on the schedule, it promises to be an entertaining third day at the ATP Vienna Open. As ever, we here at LWOT will be offering our predictions for every match on the schedule, including Ben Shelton vs Jannik Sinner. But who will advance in the Austrian capital?
ATP Vienna Day 3 Predictions
Aslan Karatsev vs Borna Gojo
Head-to-head: Gojo 1-0 Karatsev
Aslan Karatsev is coming off a brilliant run at the ATP 500 in Tokyo, although his final performance could have been much cleaner. He should have more than enough time to travel to Vienna as that tournament ended on a Sunday. However, following up on a deep run and especially on another continent, it’s possible he won’t be back to his best right away. This might be just the opportunity that Borna Gojo is waiting for. It seems close and the big-serving Croatian should have a nice chance at taking this opportunity against a more erratic player.
Prediction: Gojo in 3
Daniil Medvedev vs Arthur Fils
Head-to-head: first meeting
This is such an exciting matchup between a current star of the game and one that might join him in the near future. Arthur Fils has a 2-1 record against top 10 players, beating Casper Ruud in Hamburg and Stefanos Tsitsipas in Antwerp (the latter win came just last week). However, Daniil Medvedev is the defending champion in Vienna and a much tougher player to upset than either of those two. Expect Fils to show off his potential and keep it close for a set or two, but eventually go down.
Prediction: Medvedev in 2
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Alexander Zverev vs Cameron Norrie
Head-to-head: Zverev 3-2 Norrie
Cameron Norrie hasn’t been as poor recently as people seem to think, he’s just been mediocre. It still takes a certain level of sustained aggression to blast your way through him though. Alexander Zverev might lead the head-to-head just 3-2, but he actually hasn’t lost to Norrie since the West Lakes Challenger in 2014 (he was still 16 at the time). Their later main tour matches have gone more or less like you’d expect them to. This one probably will too given the Briton’s shaky performance against Filip Misolic in the opening round.
Prediction: Zverev in 2
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