The second round matches of the 2019 European Open conclude on Thursday, October 17th. Get the Gael Monfils v Jannik Sinner and David Goffin v Ugo Humbert and other tips, previews and predictions below.Get the best odds for the ATP with 888Sport here.
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Gael Monfils v Jannik Sinner Predictions & Preview
French veteran Gael Monfils plays Italian teenager Jannik Sinner in the second round at Antwerp. This is the first time the players have met.
Monfils has had a strong year, knocking on the top ten rankings again. He started the year well with a good run at several tournaments during ‘Frantic February’, also winning the ATP 500 at Rotterdam. Monfils strong run continued through the year, with a quarter-finals appearance at the US Open, putting him in contention for the ATP Tour Finals in London. However, a disappointing Asian swing in recent weeks has distanced Monfils from the top ten rankings somewhat, and he will look for a strong run here and in the following weeks.
Italian Jannik Sinner is new to the main draw of the ATP tour and is currently ranked number 125 in the world. He won two ATP Challenger titles this year and is looking to make a mark on the main tour,
A straight forward match for Monfils on the card to see him into the final eight, in straight sets.
Tip: Monfils to win in straight sets: 8/25 with Unibet
David Goffin v Ugo Humbert Predictions & Preview
Local Belgian David Goffin plays young Frenchman Ugo Humbert in the second round match at Antwerp.
Former world number seven Goffin has returned to the tour after injury layoffs and done well to return to the top 15 in the rankings after dropping to world number 30. He was a finalist at the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and a semi-finalist in Halle and one of the few in contention for the last two spots for the Tour Finals in London.
French 21-year-old Ugo Humbert has broken into the top 70 in only his second year on the tour, buoyed by a semi-final performance at Marseille and a round of 16 appearance at Wimbledon.
A good contest ahead; expect Goffin to win in two tight sets, at home.
Tip: Goffin to win in straight sets: 7/20 with Unibet
Pablo Cuevas v Andy Murray Predictions & Preview
This is the third career meeting between Andy Murray and Pablo Cuevas. Murray has won on both occasions so far, with both matches played on hard courts. However, they have not met in five years.
Former world number one Andy Murray is returning from a hip injury and has got progressively better with time. After a none too impressive showing on the grass and US hard courts, Murray turned it around during the Asian swing defeating Matteo Berrettini and running Dominic Thiem and Fabio Fognini close, as well as being a quarter-finalist at the China Open in Beijing.
Uruguayan veteran Pablo Cuevas has been on the tour for more than 12 years and was ranked in the top 20 for a period of time. A clay court specialist, Cuevas has continued to perform well on the slower courts and was a runner-up this year to Stefanos Tsitispas at the Estoril Open.
A clash between two veterans on the tour; the faster courts should favor Murray who continues to increase in confidence.
Tip: Murray to win in straight sets: 2/7 with Unibet
Frances Tiafoe v Jan-Lennard Struff Predictions & Preview
Young American Frances Tiafoe meet German Jan-Lennard Struff for the first time, in the second round of the European Open Championships in Antwerp.
21-year-old Tiafoe is part of the group often referred to as the ‘Next Gen’ of tennis as he sets out to solidify his position for the year end Next Gen Tour Finals in London. Tiafoe had a good 2018, winning his first title at the Delray Beach Open and being a finalist at the Estoril Open. He also started well this year, being a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open and moving into the top 30 of the ATP rankings. However, the rest of the year has not been one of note, as he has fallen outside the top 50 in the rankings.
German Struff has been on the tour for a few years, but this by far has been his best season. He has had consistent results at the ATP 250s and 500s, particularly on clay. The German with a powerful game, had a career-best major performance at the French Open reaching the round of 16. He also scored noteworthy wins against top ranked players this year, none more than defeating then world number three Alexander Zverev at the Indian Wells Masters 1000.
Expect a good contest on the cards, which can go either way. Tiafoe is likely a little more hungry than Struff with the Next Gen Tour Finals to play for. Tiafoe to win a three-setter.
Tip: Tiafoe to win in three sets: 7/5 with Unibet