ATP China Open 2019 Predictions for October 4: Andy Murray v Dominic Thiem & Karen Khachanov v Fabio Fognini

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The 2019 ATP China Open quarter-finals are on Friday, October 4 with some of the top men’s players in action on the day. Get the Andy Murray v Dominic Thiem & Karen Khachanov v Fabio Fognini tips, previews and predictions below along with that for a couple of other matches below.

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Andy Murray v Dominic Thiem Predictions & Preview

This is the fourth meeting between the two players, with Murray leading the head-to-head 2-1.

While Murray won on the hard courts in 2014-15, Thiem pulled one back on the Barcelona clay in 2017. The situation currently is a lot different though.

Number one seed Thiem had a very good first half of the year, winning the Indian Wells Masters 1000, and a strong run on clay culminating in a French Open final appearance. Illness and indifferent form followed thereafter, and he is hoping to end the season strong, and qualify for the ATP Tour Finals in London.

Former world number one Andy Murray is on his comeback after hip surgery, and this has been his best tournament thus far. The three-time major winner has looked better each tournament and done well to defeat Matteo Berrettini and countryman Cameron Norrie here this week.

Definitely a contest to look forward to, but Thiem is probably still a level too strong for Murray, on his comeback. As always, the gritty Murray will give it his best, but expect Thiem to win in three sets.

Tip: Thiem to win in three sets: 7/2 with Unibet

Karen Khachanov v Fabio Fognini Predictions & Preview

Karen Khachanov and Fabio Fognini have never met before, and both are looking to recover from poor form in recent weeks.

Fognini was ranked in the top ten earlier this year, winning the Monte Carlo ATP 1000 and is still in the reckoning for the year-end finals in London. He will need some strong runs over the next few weeks, ideally beginning here in Beijing.

Khachanov is the defending champion at the Paris Masters next month and this is a swing that suites him well, given the conditions and surface. However, his US hard court swing did not go particularly well and he will want to have a good run this week, here in Beijing.

A closely fought contest on the cards, with no obvious favorite in this match. Expect the big game of Khachanov to inch me through to the semi-finals.

Tip: Khachanov to win in three sets: 8/11 with Unibet

John Isner v Stefanos Tsitsipas Predictions & Preview

John Isner has a 2-0 head-to-head against Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitisipas.

After being a Masters 1000 winner, a Wimbledon sem-finalist and a top ten player in 2018, this year has not been as kind to Isner. He was out for a good portion of the summer, after a foot injury from the Miami Open final, and his return to the tour since has been disappointing. However, he has done well to defeat the in-form Gael Monfils and Daniel Evans this week, and will hope to carry it further.

After a strong year that took him to the top five in the world, Stefanos Tsitsipas has disappointed since Wimbledon, with first round losses at the last two majors of the year, and the inability to get any momentum in the second half of the year thus far. Tsitsipas will like to solidify his spot at the tour end finals, with a good performance this week in Beijing. A hard-fought win against defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili in the previous round, will have done his confidence a world of good.

It is difficult to pick a winner here, but will come down to the Isner serve and how good it is on the given day, and how well Tsitsipas returns it. It won’t be a surprise if either wins, but Isner is serving well and that may just see him through to the semi-finals.

Tip: Isner in three sets: 10/11 with Unibet

Sam Querrey v Alexander Zverev Predictions & Preview

This is the second meeting between Sam Querrey and Alexander Zverev. Their only meeting was at the inaugural Laver Cup in Prague in 2017, where Zverev representing Team Europe defeated Team World’s Querrey.

Querrey was a top ten ranked player around the time then, but has since dipped in form and is now ranked number 55. It has been a dismal year for him, but he will be pleased to be in the final eight here, defeating an injured Roberto Bautista Agut, and then putting up a good performance against Diego Schwartzman.

Zverev is in a tight race to qualify for, and defend his crown at the year end ATP Finals in London. He has not had the best of years either, but has looked in good form this week with convincing wins against Frances Tiafoe and Felix Auger-Aliassime.

A good match-up between the two big men with powerful games; expect Zverev to win in two tight sets

Tip: Zverev to win in straight sets: 10/11 with Unibet

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