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 Stefanos Tsitsipas v Nikoloz Basilashvili & Alexander Zverev v Felix Auger-Aliassime 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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Nikoloz Basilashvili v Stefanos Tsitsipas Predictions & Preview
This is the second meeting between these players, who met at the beginning of the year at the Australian Open, with the young Greek winning comfortably.
Tsitsipas has had a great last year, moving up to the top five in the world at one point, and recording victories against each of the Big Three, winning ATP titles and performing well at the Australian and French Opens. While he has burnt himself out a little with playing excessively, resulting in disappointing first round losses at Wimbledon and US Open, the Greek is looking to end his season strong, as well as qualify for the year end ATP Tour Finals in London.
Georgian Basilashvili has had an up and down last year, with some strong performances and ATP 500 wins, but then again, he has not managed to maintain the level to get closer to the top ten in the ATP rankings.
A good match on the cards, with both having a lot to play for. This match can go either way, but expect Tsitsipas to pull through in a deciding set.
Tip: Tsitsipas to win in three sets: 7/2 with Unibet
Felix Auger-Aliassime v Alexander Zverev Predictions & Preview
In what may be the most talked about match of the day, two exciting ‘Next Gen’ stars meet for the second time in their careers. Zverev won their first meeting earlier this year convincingly, on the Monte Carlo clay
After an excellent 2018, which saw him move up to number three in the rankings, winning the ATP Tour Finals in London, and the Madrid Masters 1000, Zverev has had a difficult 2019 on and off the court. With only one title this year at the ATP 250 in Geneva, the German is in a tight finish to qualify and defend his title next month in London. A convincing first round win against Frances Tiafoe will have bolstered his self-confidence.
Twenty-year-old Felix Auger- Aliassime has had an impressive year, performing well during the Latin American clay swing as well as the Stuttgart and Queens grass tournaments, in turn moving up to the top 20 in the world in the ATP rankings. The US hard court run for the young Canadian did not live up to expectations and he will be looking to finish the year strong.
A very exciting battle on the cards, with both capable of winning this, but seems like Zverev has new found confidence after the Laver Cup, and is hungrier for the win right now.
Tip: Zverev to win in two tight sets: 8/11 with Unibet
John Isner v Daniel Evans Predictions & Preview
Somewhat surprisingly, Britain’s Daniel Evans leads the head-to-head here, winning their only match at the Delray Beach semi-finals earlier this year. That was Evans’ best tournament this year, where he was a losing finalist to Radu Albot in a pulsating final.
Evans was ranked outside the top 500 at the start of the year, but has done well to be ranked within the top 50 with decent performances throughout the year. He will now be looking for a deep run to further his presence on the tour.
Big serving American John Isner is looking to revive his season after a foot injury that saw him out for most of the summer and his return has not been promising yet. Isner had a strong 2018, being ranked in the top ten and will look to return to those levels soon. A first round win here against the in-form Gael Monfils will have done wonders for his confidence.
Expect Isner to out-serve Evans and equal the head-to-head with a straight set win.
Tip: Isner in straight sets: 10/11 with Unibet
Sam Querrey v Diego Schwartzman Predictions & Preview
Argentine Diego Schwartzman leads the head to-head 2-1, although Querrey won their last match a year ago under similar conditions in Shanghai.
Schwartzman starts as a strong favorite here, after another season that saw him ranked just outside the top 15, and producing consistent results, apart from the one-off lapses. He had a tight match against Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco in the opener here, but did well to prevail.
Big serving Sam Querrey has had a poor year, dropping out of the top 50 in the world, after being in the top 10 or thereabouts, for a good portion of 2017. He was lucky to win his opener here in Beijing, when in-form Roberto Bautista Agut pulled out half way through the match.
It is difficult to envision Querrey winning this match, with the Argentine likely going through in straight sets.
Tip: Schwartzman in straight sets: 10/11 with Unibet