The first round matches at the ATP Vienna Open 2019 will be played on Monday, October 21 and below you can get the preview of Matteo Berrettini v Kyle Edmund & Grigor Dimitrov v Damir Dzumhur along with other tips and predictions below.Get the best odds for the ATP Kremlin Cup 2019 with 888Sport here.
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Matteo Berrettini v Kyle Edmund Predictions & Preview
The last time these players met was about a year ago, on the hard courts of Beijing, where Edmund won a very tight match. Their careers have gone in opposite directions since, however.
Edmund who was a top ten hopeful, has had a dismal year, with injuries and poor form and dropped to number 55 in the rankings. He has had to spend time on the Challenger Tour, and lost in the qualifiers at Antwerp last week, where he was looking to defend his European Open title. The British player will be looking to revive his season, but on recent form it seems unlikely that he can salvage much in the few weeks that remain this year.
On the other hand, Berrettini has had an excellent year winning two ATP 250 titles, being a runner-up at another, and being a semi-finalist at the US Open, and the Masters 1000 in Shanghai. The Italian is ranked number 11th in the world now and will be looking at a strong week here, to solidify himself among the last two remaining spots at the ATP Tour Finals in London.
Expect Berrettini to continue his strong form with a straight sets win.
Tip: Berrettini to win in straight sets. 1/1 with Unibet
Grigor Dimitrov v Damir Dzumhur Predictions & Preview
Grigor Dimitrov has a 3-0 head-to-head against Damir Dzumhur. However, the last time they met was at the Queens Club ATP 500 in the Summer of 2018.
Neither play has had the best of seasons. While Dimitrov reached new lows from being a former world number three, to being ranked outside the top 75, Dzumhur was once knocking on the top 20 in the world and is now barely ranked within the top 100.
Grigor Dimitrov, who has otherwise had a poor season, was able to salvage some of it, with a US Open semi-finals appearance defeating Roger Federer in the previous round. However, the latter part of the season since has not been too positive either and he will look to end well on the indoor surface.
Dzumhur, well known as a gritty counterpuncher has not met with much success, with several early losses and will be hoping to salvage some confidence in the remaining weeks before resetting himself for the 2020 season.
A lot to play for both players; expect the Bulgarian to win in three sets.
Diego Schwartzman v Pierre-Hugues Herbert Predictions & Preview
This is the first meeting between Diego Schwartzman and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, in what is a clash of contrasting playing styles with the strong baseline game of Schwartzman and the doubles specialist Herbert among the best at the net.
Schwartzman has had a steady season, being a quarter-finalist at the US Open, doing well on the clay and ranked number 15th in the world. While the Argentine is not particularly in contention for the year-end Tour Finals, he will look to end the year with good showings on the indoor courts, both at Vienna and Paris.
French doubles specialist Herbert won the Australian Open doubles title this year, completing the career slam in doubles and has begun to focus more on the singles game since. He was a finalist at the ATP 250 in Montepllier and a semi-finalist at Halle on grass earlier this year. While he is yet to be a force on the singles tour, the faster surfaces suit his serve and volley game and he can hope to do well on the indoor surfaces.
Although the rankings show disparity between the players, we can expect a close match with Schwartzman edging through in three sets.
Hubert Hurkacz v Karen Khachanov Predictions & Preview
This is the first ever meeting between ‘Next Gen’ stars Hubert Hurkacz and Karen Khachanov.
It has been an off and on season for both players, but one where the Russian Khachanov has performed below expectations, and the Polish Hurkacz has exceeded them.
Beginning the year as the defending champion at the Paris Masters, a lot was expected from young Khachanov. But, unfortunately the Russian has had an inconsistent year, with plenty of early round losses, most recently at the two ATP 250s held in his home country, at St. Petersburg and Moscow. With him all set to defend his title in Paris next week, Khachanov will be hoping for a good showing this week and next, failing which he may see himself slide in the rankings.
Young Hurkacz had done well this year to challenge Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon and more importantly win his first ATP title at Winston Salem, the week before the US Open. Although the last few weeks have been disappointing, the young Pole will have a lot of positives to take away from this season.
A match where both men will have a lot to play for, looking to end the season on a high; expect Khachanov to win in three sets.