The 2019 Swiss Indoors first round matches will be held on Monday, October 21 at Basel, and below you can get the preview of Roger Federer v Peter Gojowczyk & Benoit Paire v Henri Laaksonen along with their tips and predictions below.Get the best odds for the ATP Kremlin Cup 2019 with 888Sport here.
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Roger Federer v Peter Gojowczyk Predictions & Preview
Swiss maestro Roger Federer begins his Swiss Indoors Open title defense against German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk. The players have met twice with Federer winning last year at the Cincinnati Masters 1000 and this year at Indian Wells.
After winning a 10th title at Halle this summer, Federer is looking for a record 10th title at Basel, the tournament where he was once a ballboy. While it has been a good year for the Swiss, winning titles in Dubai, Miami and Halle, his season has not been as promising since the Wimbledon finals loss to Novak Djokovic after having two championship points on serve. Federer will be looking to end the year well on his favored indoor surfaces at Basel, Paris and London, for the moment.
German Gojowczyk’s tennis has seen better days, but since a semi-final appearance against Daniil Medvedev at the Citi Open ATP 500, it has been a disappointing few months for him. He has had to come through the qualifying rounds here in Basel, but played a convincing match against young Norwegian Casper Ruud.
A lot at stake for Federer this week, and he may feel a few nerves at the beginning. Once he gets his rhythm, it should be a straight sets win for the Swiss legend.
Benoit Paire v Henri Laaksonen Predictions & Preview
French veteran Benoit Paire plays little known Swiss Henri Laaksonen for the first time, in their Basel opener.
Paire has been on the tour for more than a decade and was once a top 20 player. He has had an inconsistent and unpredictable season, but has had a strong 2019, where he was two of the three ATP titles he has won in his career. The Frenchman was won titles at Lyon and Morrocco and was a runner-up at Winston Salem this year. Ranked just outside the top 25, he will look to continue the good form from earlier in the year, and end the season on a positive note.
A ‘lesser known’ Swiss player Henri Laaksonen was in the news for Davis Cup controversies, and untoward comments, and will look to salvage some of his reputation with a good showing in front of home fans. Ranked outside the top 100 in the world, Laaksonen has had a disappointing Davis Cup this year and will hope being at home, can be the boost he needs to turn his career around.
A straight sets win for Paire seems the most likely outcome here.
Jan Lennard Struff v Miomir Kecmanovic Predictions & Preview
The two players met earlier this year with Struff winning comfortably in straight sets on the grass courts at Stuttgart.
It has been a breakthrough year for both players. Struff who has been on the tour for several years, was able to step up his game considerably this year, breaking into the top 40 of the ATP rankings, as well as defeating top ten ranked players. With a big serve and strong groundstrokes, it was a successful spring and summer for the big German.
Serbian Kecmanovic performed well on the US hard courts and surprised many with a good run at the ATP Masters1000 in Cincinnati, including his defeat of German Alexander Zverev. Incidentally, both Struff and Kecmanovic have upset Zverev this year at Masters 1000s, with Struff doing it at Indian Wells.
A match that will see some strong shotmaking awaits us; expect the German Struff to win in a close three-setter.
Alex de Minaur v Hugo Dellien Predictions & Preview
Young Aussie Alex de Minaur meets Bolivian Hugo Dellien for the first time, in the opener at the Swiss Indoors in Basel.
It has been a breakthrough year for the Aussie winning three ATP titles and making the second week at the US Open. He has qualified for the ‘Next Gen’ Tour Finals in Milan next month, as well as broken into the top 30 of the ATP rankings. De Minaur will be looking for a strong end to the season, before the tournament in Milan.
Bolivian Dellien reached his first ever ATP quarter-finals in Rio earlier this year and has since been ranked within the top 100 on the tour. More comfortable on the clay, he will have an uphill task on the faster indoor surface against the young Aussie.
Alex de Minaur to move to the second round, with a comfortable straight sets win