The 2019 ATP Kremlin Cup quarterfinals in Moscow will be played on Friday, October 18 with Karen Khachanov leading the action. Below you can get the preview of Karen Khachanov v Andreas Seppi & Dusan Lajovic v Adrian Mannarino tips, previews and predictions below.Get the best odds for the ATP Kremlin Cup 2019 with 888Sport here.
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Karen Khachanov v Andreas Seppi Predictions & Preview
In what will be their second meeting, Karen Khachanov will take on Andreas Seppi in their quarter-final on Friday. Khachanov had won their first outing, which was in Vienna in 2016 and was held on an indoor court too. With Khachanov having risen to number eight in the world, he will start off as a favourite here, with odds of 3/10 for his win.
Khachanov, the defending champion here, had a first round bye and was stretched to three sets in the second round by Philipp Kohlschreiber. The match went to a final set tie-breaker in fact and in the end, Khachanov’s more youthful legs might have saved him the day.
Seppi, much like Kohlschreiber is another veteran on the circuit and has already played a couple of long three-setters. It would probably be expecting too much from him to give it all yet again, especially given his recent record. In 2019, he has gone beyond the quarter-final of an ATP competition just once and that came way back in January.
Expect a straight-set victory for Khachanov here.
Tip: Khachanov to win in straight sets: 17/20 with Unibet
Dusan Lajovic v Adrian Mannarino Predictions & Preview
World number 32 Dusan Lajovic will start off as a favourite against the 44th-ranked Adrian Mannarino when they clash in the Kremlin Cup quarter-final. And with Lajovic having won both their previous encounters, played in 2018 and 2019, that should come as no surprise.
Lajovic had a first round bye here before he defeated Lukas Rosol in what was his first match indoors this year. He was stretched to three sets but that could be down to rustiness – Lajovic was on a three-match losing streak and without that winning momentum it does make it difficult for players.
On the other hand, Mannarino, who has a title on grass to his name this year, has played seven matches on this surface this year. He is 3-4 on it including two wins here, but the confidence he would take from those wins could be immense. Both were straight-set victories and against opponents of reasonable pedigree – Damir Dzumhur and Mikhail Kukushkin.
Whether that would be enough for him to win this one remains to be seen but he could well take Lajovic to three sets.
Tip: Mannarino to win in three sets: 16/5 with Unibet
Andrey Rublev v Nikola Milojevic Predictions & Preview
In what would be their first meeting Andrey Rublev takes on Nikola Milojevic for a place in the semi-final. Rublev is currently ranked 31st in the world, his best ever, but for the second time in a row in this tournament he was taken to three sets.
He overcame Alexander Bublik in his opener and then needed a couple of tie-breaker in his three-set match against Egor Gerasimov in the second. On indoor courts thought, Rublev is 7-3 this year, with the last of those losses having come against Daniil Medvedev.
Milojevic was a lucky loser who didn’t just make it to the main draw despite not qualifying for it but also was given a direct entry into the second round. And as luck goes, he faced Alen Avidzba, a player ranked 498th in the world in that second round match.
Now while we have a story of Cori Gauff being a lucky loser in a WTA tournament last week and going on to win the title, it’s tough to see 164th-ranked Milojevic do the same here against Rublev. In fact expecting a straight-set win for Rublev here.
Tip: Rublev to win in straight sets: 8/11 with Unibet