The first round matches of the 2019 European Open begin on Monday, October 14th. Get the Lorenzo Sonego v Joe-Wilfried Tsonga and Guido Pella v Peter Gojowczyk tips, previews and predictions below.Get the best odds for the ATP China Open 2019 with 888Sport here.
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Lorenzo Sonego v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Predictions & Preview
Veteran Frenchman Jo-Wiflried Tsonga and Lorenzo Sonego meet for the second time in their careers in the opening round of the European Open in Antwerp. They met earlier this year on the clay at Marrakech with Tsonga winning convincingly in straight sets.
Tsonga, once ranked in the top five in the world, returned to the tour after a long injury lay off with a knee injury that saw him drop out of the top 200 in the ATP rankings. It has been an up and down year for the Frenchman, as he draws closer to the end of his career. He has however done well to move up to number 35 in the world rankings and win two ATP 250 titles this year at Montpellier and Moselle.
Young Italian Sonego is in his second year on the tour, and has done well to break into the top 50 in the world. A baseliner by nature, he surprised many winning his first ATP title on the Antalya grass courts. The Italian has been successful on both the Challenger and Futures Tours, winning six titles and will look to emulate his success on the main ATP tour as well.
A match to look forward to, with both aggressive hitters of a tennis ball; expect Tsonga’s experience and comfort with the indoor surfaces to see him through in two well-fought sets.
Tip: Tsonga to win in straight sets: 8/25 with Unibet
Guido Pella v Peter Gojowczyk Predictions & Preview
German Peter Gojowczyk brings a 2-1 head-to-head against Guido Pella, to their first round encounter at the European Open in Antwerp.
Despite a favorable head-to-head, Gojowczyk has had a disappointing run in recent weeks, and except a semi-final appearance at the ATP 250 in Washington D.C, has not met with much success or done much of note. Being a runner-up at Delray Beach and Geneva in 2018, the German had moved up to number 39 in the world, but has now fallen to just within the top 100 in the rankings.
It has been a career-best season for Argentina Guido Pella, who is now ranked number 21 in the world. After losing the Cordoba Open final to Juan Ignacio Londero, he came back to win the Brasil Open, defeating Chilean Cristain Garin and claiming his first ATP title. A clay courter, Pella did well to make his first ever Grand Slam quarterfinals at Wimbledon, defeating 2018 runner-up Kevin Anderson, and 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic en route.
Expect Pella to continue his good run of form as the season draws to a close; where as German Gojowczyk will be low on confidence given his recent poor run. The Argentine to win in straight sets.
Tip: Pella to win in two sets: 1/2 with Unibet