The second round matches at the 2019 ATP China Open will begin on Wednesday, October 2 with some of the top men’s players in action on the day. Get the Andy Murray v Cameron Norrie & Dominic Thiem v Zhinzhen Zhang tips, previews and predictions below along with that for a couple of other matches below.Get the best odds for the ATP China Open 2019 with 888Sport here.
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Andy Murray v Cameron Norrie Predictions & Preview
The two British players meet for the first time ever, in the second round in Beijing.
Former world number one Andy Murray is returning from hip surgery, and on the comeback trail. He is ranked outside the top 500 in the world, but gradually increasing in confidence, on his measured comeback. His first round win against Matteo Berrettini was by far the biggest win of his comeback.
Young British player Cameron Norrie was ranked just outside the top 40 in the world, earlier this season, after a good end to 2018. With not much to report this season, he is down to world number 67 and hoping to return and maintain good form, early on in his career. He did well to win his first round match, but was aided by an unfit Cristain Garin who pulled out in the second set.
A clash between a legend and the future of British tennis; expect the revival of Murray to continue with a three set win.
Tip: Murray to win in three sets: 7/2 with Unibet
Dominic Thiem v Zhinzhen Zhang Predictions & Preview
Top seed Dominic Thiem is looking for a finals appearance this week, to ensure a spot at the ATP Tour Finals in London. After a good clay season, the Austrian has had his fair share of woes, losing in the first round at Wimbledon and the US Open. He looked to be in better form in the first round with a convincing first ever win against French veteran Richard Gasquet.
Chinese wild card entrant Zhinzhen Zhang upset British number one Kyle Edmund in the first round. Taking nothing away from the Chinese player, Edmund has been in the midst of a relatively poor season himself. The quality of the opposition will get a lot sterner for Zhang from the next round.
Thiem is a strong favorite here and if he maintains his first round form, he should win in straight sets.
Tip: Thiem to win in straight sets: 8/11 with Unibet
Andrey Rublev v Fabio Fognini Predictions & Preview
Fabio Fognini brings a 4-1 head-to-head to this match, including winning in Monte Carlo en route his first ever Masters 1000 title.
Fognini had a good start to the year, breaking into the top ten and winning his first ever Masters 1000 at Monte Carlo, defeating Rafael Nadal en route. However, injuries and indifferent form have been a bother in recent weeks, with a poor US hard court season for the Italian.
Russian Rublev is looking to return to his 2017 levels, after an injury prone last year and has looked in good form since Wimbledon moving up the rankings and defeating several top ten players. He did very well to convincingly defeat Andrey Rublev in the first round and will look to press further here this week.
Despite the favorable head-to-head for Fognini, the Russian has been in better form in recent times, and can be expected to prevail in two well-fought sets.
Tip: Rublev to win in straight sets: 10/11 with Unibet
Karen Khachanov v Jeremy Chardy Predictions & Preview
Karen Khachanov and veteran Jerimy Chardy meet for the first time in their careers, here in Beijing.
Khachanov is well suited to these conditions, as evidenced by his Paris Masters title in 2018, but has looked out of sorts in recent weeks, with first round losses at the US Open and St.Petersburg. He looked to regain some of his form in his first round win against Pablo Cuevas.
Veteran Frenchman Jerimy Chardy has been on the tour for a while and been a force to reckon with over time. He has not had the best of seasons and is currently ranked number 72 in the world. A good tight win over Italian Cecchinato in the first round would have bolstered his confidence.
The opposition is more difficult for the Frenchman here; and with the favorable conditions and spirited young legs, Khachanov should win in straight sets.
Tip: Khachanov to win in straight sets: 10/11 with Unibet