The first round matches at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow begin on Monday, October 14th. Get the Cristain Garin v Andreas Seppi and Adrian Mannarino v Damir Dzumhur and other tips, previews and predictions below.Get the best odds for the ATP China Open 2019 with 888Sport here.
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Cristain Garin v Andreas Seppi Predictions & Preview
23-year old Chilean Cristain Garin and Italian veteran Andreas Seppi meet for the first time in the opening round of the ATP 250 in Moscow.
It has been a breakthrough year for Garin who is currently at a career high ranking of number 32 in the world. The Chilean has made the finals of three ATP tournaments this year, losing to Guido Pella in straight sets in Rio, but winning titles in Houston and Munich. All of Garin’s success has come on clay, and his season was not quite the same on the grass and hard courts, and similar to the Asian swing, he will look to continue to get more success on the indoor hard courts and end the year on a positive note.
Italian veteran and 2012 Kremlin Cup winner Andreas Seppi, was ranked in the top 20 in the world earlier this decade, but is currently in the twilight of his career. He started the year well being a runner-up to young Aussie Alex de Minaur, but has not done much of note since. The Italian did well to make the quarter-finals at Zhuhai and Beijing, and will look to continue his form to end the season.
Expect a close match here and a clash between the past and future generations of the game, with the better man on the day winning. Young Garin will continue to make inroads on the tour and edge the senior citizen out in three sets.
Tip: Garin to win in three sets: 17/20 with Unibet
Adrian Mannarino v Damir Dzumhur Predictions & Preview
Frenchman Adrian Mannarino plays Damir Dzumhur for the fourth time in his career, with a 2-1 head-to-head lead. The players met recently at the Zhuhai Open, which Mannarino won in straight sets.
Adrian Mannarino has been on the tour for a number of years, but had a strong last two seasons, reaching a career high world number 22 early last year. The Frenchman was a runner-up last year at the Kremlin Cup, losing in the finals to Karen Khachanov. He has reached six ATP finals in the last two seasons, winning his first ATP title on the Rosmalen grass court earlier this year, and being a runner-up to Alex De Minaur two weeks ago at the Zhuhai Open.
Similar to Mannarino, Dzumhur had a strong 2017-2018 winning three ATP 250 titles, but has dropped in form and results this year. He was ranked number 23rd in the year last season, but is now ranked just within the top 100. Dzumhur incidentally was the champion at the Kremlin Cup in 2017, the same year that he won the St.Petersburg Open as well. With a good baseline game, and a gritty counterpuncher, the Bosnian will look to perform well in the next few weeks and end the year on a more positive note.
Mannarino has been in superior form of late, and Dzumhur has not been the player he is known to be; expect the Frenchman to win in two tight sets.
Tip: Mannarino to win in straight sets: 5/6 with Unibet
Lukas Rosol v Juan Ignacio Londero Predictions & Preview
34-year old Czech Lukas Rosol and young Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero meet for the first time in the opening round of the Kremlin Cup ATP 250 in Moscow.
Rosol was ranked within the top 30 in the world in 2014, but the last couple seasons for him have been marred by injuries, poor form and the sort. He will best be remembered for his second round defeat of Rafael Nadal in 2012, at Wimbledon. The Czech has spent most of his season this year playing at the Challenger level, with his ranking dropping outside the top 150 in the world.
Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero has been on the tour for a couple years, but this has by far been his best season. He is ranked just outside the top 50, which is a career high ranking for him, and won his first title earlier this year, at the Cordoba Open. The Argentine made the fourth round at the French Open before losing to Rafael Nadal, and is looking to end the season on a confident note. Londero was part of a classic opening round encounter last week at the Shanghai Masters against Andy Murray and lost in a decider after winning the first set.
It is difficult to see the out of sorts, yet unpredictable Rosol do much of note this week either, and with Londero increasing in confidence as the year has progressed, the Argentine should win in straight sets.
Tip: Londero to win in straight sets: 8/11 with Unibet