The ATP Cordoba Open Round of 16 gets underway on Wednesday, with top seed Francisco Cerundolo in action. Who will advance to the quarterfinals of the ATP’s first clay court tournament of the season?
ATP Cordoba Open Day 3 Predictions
Albert Ramos-Vinolas vs Federico Coria
This is the second career meeting for Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Federico Coria, with Coria winning their first meeting in the semi-final of the Cordoba Open last year. Though Coria lost in the final of a challenger event in Brazil last week, he seems inspired to move on from that disappointment. He played the final here in 2023 and is no doubt inspired to repeat the feat. Coria is a bit more match fit, playing eight matches so far this year while Ramos-Vinolas has played only two.
Prediction: Coria in 2
Facundo Bagnis vs Roman Andres Burruchaga
Roman Andres Burruchaga came through qualifiers and in the last round posted his first ATP Tour-level win over Diego Schwartzman in three tight sets. The 22-year-old is on a six-match win streak, having reached the semifinals of the Punta del Este Challenger in Uruguay last week and the win over Schwartzman was another boost. While Bagnis is the more seasoned player, this is their first meeting and Burruchaga’s high confidence could be the tipping point.
Prediction: Burruchaga in 3
Tomas Martin Etcheverry vs Bernabe Zapata Miralles
Bernabe Zapata Miralles takes on World No. 29 Tomas Martin Etcheverry, who is playing his first match since losing to Novak Djokovic in the third round of the Australian Open. Miralles advanced to the Round of 16 with the retirement of Christian Garin in the previous round. Miralles and Etcheverry have only met once previously in 2015 playing a five-set match in the first round of Wimbledon, where Etcheverry came out on top. Given the 50 ranking spots that separate them, Etcheverry will likely emerge the victor.
Prediction: Etcheverry in 2
Jaume Munar vs. Francisco Cerundolo
No. 74-ranked Jaume Munar takes on the top seed, World No. 22 Francisco Cerundolo, who had a bye in the first round. Cerundolo has had a tough start to the season (he suffered a loss to World No. 275 Timofey Skatov in Davis Cup last week) while Munar has posted some decent wins to date. The home crowd will be behind the Cerundolo, pushing for him to go 3-0 in this, their third career meeting, but it could be a tough ask given his recent setbacks.
Prediction: Cerundolo in 3
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