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ATP Rome Day 5 Predictions Including Grigor Dimitrov vs Terence Atmane

Grigor Dimitrov in action ahead of the French Open.

The first half of the ATP Rome Round of 32 matches get underway on Day 5. There are many fascinating contests scheduled for fans to enjoy, with Alexander Zverev among those in action. As always, we at LWOT predict all the matches taking place in Rome, including Novak Djokovic vs Alejandro Tabilo. Which players do you think will progress?

ATP Rome Day 5 Predictions

Nuno Borges vs Francesco Passaro

Head-to-head: first meeting

Francesco Passaro’s run has been memorable regardless of how this match ends. The Italian’s last three wins at his home event have been in a final set tiebreak, including his final match in qualifying. Can the world #240 find another victory? It is a tough ask. The emotional and physical toll of those previous matches is likely to have taken a lot out of Passaro. Nuno Borges is adept at extending rallies and that ability should take him to victory in Rome.

Prediction: Borges in 2
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Thiago Monteiro vs Miomir Kecmanovic

Head-to-head: Kecmanovic 1-0 Monteiro

Miomir Kecmanovic’s comeback against Casper Ruud in the previous round was quite extraordinary after losing the opening set 6-0. The Serbian faces another very tough battle against clay-court specialist Thiago Monteiro, who has won all his matches in Rome very comfortably so far. Although Kecmanovic will be full of confidence after beating Ruud, Monteiro gets a slight edge here. The Brazilian’s formidable forehand is capable of taking time away from Kecmanovic, which is the best way of unsettling him.

Prediction: Monteiro in 3

Alexander Zverev vs Luciano Darderi

Head-to-head: first meeting

Luciano Darderi was outstanding in front of his fans during a demolition of Mariano Navone in the previous round. The Italian is clearly inspired by the local support and this will not be an easy match for Alexander Zverev. Darderi needs to dictate as often as possible with his forehand to have a realistic chance of prevailing against the German. An upset is not impossible, but Zverev’s ability to get quick points with his powerful serve and excellent backhand makes him a narrow favourite in Rome.

Prediction: Zverev in 3
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Grigor Dimitrov vs Terence Atmane

Head-to-head: first meeting

Terence Atmane, ranked 137th, is another player to make an unexpected run in Rome.  This is the Frenchman’s toughest task yet. Atmane will hope to get some joy with his left-handed topspin forehand into Grigor Dimitrov’s one-handed backhand. However, the overall class of the Bulgarian should still have enough to overcome Atmane. Expect it to be a competitive match though, with Atmane having a good chance of claiming a set.

Prediction: Dimitrov in 3

Main photo credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

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