The ATP Kremlin Cup in Moscow continues on Wednesday, October 16 with Karen Khachanov leading the action for the day’s play. Below you can get the preview of Karen Khachanov v Philipp Kohlschreiber & Adrian Mannarino v Mikhail Kukushkin tips, previews and predictions below.Get the best odds for the ATP China Open 2019 with 888Sport here.
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Karen Khachanov v Philipp Kohlschreiber Predictions & Preview
This will be the fifth match between Karen Khachanov and Philipp Kohlschreiber and the German, now 76th in the world, leads 3-1 on head to head. What’s interesting is even after Khachanov had broken through and become one of the known names in the top echelons of tennis players, Kohlschreiber had managed to beat him at the Munich Open earlier this year.
His two other wins came last year including one on the hard court surface of Rotterdam, while Khachanov’s only victory had come in 2016. Interestingly at that!
Khachanov will also be proud of his semifinal appearance at the China Open, but that result aside there have been four other tournaments around that competition in Beijing because of his poor results. What makes it worse for him is his record on indoor courts this year – 0-3.
This might be an aberration though. Because last year, he had won 18 of his 22 matches on the indoor courts, including two titles at Marseille and the Paris Masters as well. In fact, at the Paris Masters, he defeated John Isner, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic to complete probably his best ever week on the ATP circuit.
Tip: Khachanov to win in straight sets: 11/10 with Unibet
Adrian Mannarino v Mikhail Kukushkin Predictions & Preview
This looks as straightforward as they come. If one was in the stock market and was looking at previous history to decipher who enters the match as a favourite, Adrian Mannarino would be odds on to win this with ease. Here’s why.
Between 2008 and 2019, across 11 years of tennis, Mannarino has played Kukushkin six times and won on every single occasion. In fact, Kukushkin has won just two sets over these six matches – once at the 2016 French Open and another time in a Challenger in 2010. As recently as the Cincinnati Masters earlier this year, Mannarino ran away to a 6-1, 6-3 win over his opponent.
So Mannarino, who is 44th in the world to Kukushkin’s 58th, is a heavy favourite with a small caveat. This is the first time they will be clashing on an indoor court. Can Kukushkin take advantage of the unknown?
Tip: Manarino to win: 11/20 with Unibet
Dusan Lajovic v Lukas Rosol Predictions & Preview
This will be the third time that Dusan Lajovic will be facing Lukas Rosol in his career, and will be hoping he can win his first. Both matches came more than four years ago and Rosol won them both in three sets.
Lajovic is also coming off a three-match losing streak and has also lost two of his previous 10 matches across different surfaces. Rosol, on the other hand, has had his own struggles, having fallen to outside the top 150 but he has shown some form in this one. Needing to win two matches to make it to the main draw, Rosol then edged out Juan Ignacio Londero in three sets to set up this meeting.
And despite the discrepancy in their rankings – Lajovic is 32nd in the world – their more recent form and head to head suggests it might not be an easy one for the Serb. Expecting a three setter here.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 8/5 with Unibet
Egor Gerasimov v Thomas Fabbiano Predictions & Preview
This is the first time in their careers that Egor Gerasimov and Thomas Fabbiano will be facing off and it could turn out to be a humdinger. On one side is Fabbiano who is ranked 89th in the world, and facing him is the slightly lower-ranked, at 98th, Gerasimov.
However, Gerasimov might hold the edge and we think that’s to do with his recent confidence-inducing victories. As a qualifier he won four matches in a row to make it to the second round at the US Open, then won both his matches at the Davis Cup, before his glory moment at the St. Petersburg Open where he reached the semi-final and it was only the might of Daniil Medvedev that stopped him.
Fabbiano, on the other hand, has had a struggle this year, he has lost more than he has won and makes it to the main draw as a lucky loser after a qualifying defeat at the hands of Cameron Norrie. Gerasimov should pocket this one.
Tip: Gerasimov to win in straight sets: 10/11 with Unibet