As the Round of 16 matches finish up on Friday at ATP Cordoba, we will get a clearer picture of the batch of quarterfinalists. There are currently two quarterfinal sets, including Argentinian No. 2 Tomas Martin Etcheverry squaring off against compatriot Federico Coria. As always, we at LWOT have the preview and prediction for every quarterfinal. But who do you think will advance to the semis?
Editors note: Due to rain, three Round of 16 matches at ATP Cordoba have yet to be completed. We will update this article with the remaining two quarterfinal matches when they are set.
ATP Cordoba Quarterfinal Predictions
Jaume Munar vs Facundo Bagnis
Head-to-head: 1-0 Munar
Bagnis has enjoyed a good start to the year, with the veteran scoring ten match wins on the year already, including a Challenger title. Munar is playing his first event on clay after a tough start to the year on hard courts. He has picked up smoothly on clay, scoring a straight-set upset in the second round over the tournament’s #1 seed Francisco Cerundolo. Bagnis has looked equally impressive, fighting through qualifying and winning all eight sets he has played. Bagnis seems to be in a groove, and the veteran has the ability to control the match and use his strong baseline game and ball placement to force Munar into errors and get the upper hand in the match.
Prediction: Bagnis in 3
Tomas Martin Etcheverry vs Federico Coria
Head-to-head: 1-0 Coria
This matchup sees two players at different phases of their careers facing off. Etcheverry broke out last year and reached the top 30, highlighted by his success on the clay, while Coria seems to be fading in his career at age 31. Coria has had a good start to the year by focusing on clay and is coming off a final in Piracicaba. Etcheverry had a strong Australian Open though he has had a tough overall start to the year. Moving to clay will suit him well, with his fitness looking strong. Coria has not beaten a player of Etcheverry’s caliber in some time, and Etcheverry will outhit him from start to finish at ATP Cordoba.
Prediction: Etcheverry in 2
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