The first round matches at the ATP Vienna Open 2019 will continue on Tuesday, October 22 and below you can get the preview of Dominic Thiem v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga & Guido Pella v Aljaz Bedene along with other tips and predictions below.Get the best odds for the ATP Kremlin Cup 2019 with 888Sport here.
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Dominic Thiem v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Predictions & Preview
In the two previous matches played between these two players, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has a 2-0 lead over Dominic Thiem but those matches were played in 2013 and 2016. Things have obviously changed since then, with Thiem having risen to fifth in the world while Tsonga has gone through his fitness concerns.
The good news for Tsonga is the sparkle he has shown recently, having won two titles this year and with a 40-19 win-loss record. Both those wins came on indoor courts, one at Metz and the other at Montpellier. That has brought him back from the depths of being ranked 210th in the world to his current 36th ranking.
The interesting coincidence is that Thiem is 40-19 on win-loss too this year, but he has won four titles. Two of them came on clay, at Barcelona and Kitzbuhel while the remaining two at Indian Wells and the China Open. More recently he went down in the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters to Matteo Berrettini but with the Paris Masters and ATP Finals being the aim, this early tricky encounter could prove to be a blessing for the Austrian.
He should still win but won’t be as straightforward as first round encounters go.
Tip: Over 23 games in the match: 10/11 with Unibet
Guido Pella v Aljaz Bedene Predictions & Preview
The world number 20 Guido Pella will take on Aljaz Bedene in what could turn out to be an interesting battle despite their respective track records. Pella is 59 spots ahead of Bedene and has won a title this year but his record on hard courts hasn’t been the best. It’s 7-10 on that surface while being 2-1 on indoor courts.
Bedene needed a couple of wins to make it to the main draw of this competition but those were both in straight sets. He had also earlier reached the final at Metz, a tournament that Tsonga won as mentioned above. And while his only previous match against Pella had resulted in a loss, that had also come on clay – the Argentine’s favourite surface.
This is exactly why Pella starts off as a second favourite by some distance, an offer of 67/50 to 10/13 if Bedene wins. We could be looking at a slugfest here, with the match going into a third set.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 13/10 with Unibet
Milos Raonic v Hyeon Chung Predictions & Preview
This will be the first match between Milos Raonic and Hyeon Chung ever and they meet in this first round at the Vienna Open.
Suffering a string of fitness woes, the once world number three Raonic has now fallen to outside the top 30 having last won a title in 2016. He played at the Montreal Masters, missed the US Open before featuring at the Laver Cup but hasn’t played since. It will, therefore, be interesting to see how much of a factor would rustiness be going into this encounter.
Chung himself has had a struggle. Once a part of the Next Gen group and having had an Australian Open to remember in 2018 after he beat Novak Djokovic and made it to the semi-finals, Chung has unraveled quickly. What he would now want is to get off to a decent start here, but he is up against one of the top players in the world.
Where Chung’s advantage would lie is his recent match practice. He featured at the third round in the US Open, was a quarterfinalist at the Japan Open and then lost in the qualifier at Stockholm. Where Raonic will have an advantage is Chung’s indoor record this year has been poor – two played, two lost, which negates bit of Raonic’s own rustiness.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 27/20 with Unibet
Nikoloz Basilashvili v Fernando Verdasco Predictions & Preview
This will be the second time that world number 26, Nikoloz Basilashvili will be taking on Spain’s world number 40, Fernando Verdasco. Their first match had taken place last year in Beijing where Basilashvili had won that encounter in straight sets.
Basilashvili, a winner at the Hamburg Open earlier this year, also made the third round at the Shanghai Masters before coming into this tournament. There he lost to Dominic Thiem in a fighting straight-set match. Verdasco, on the other hand, is a veteran of 19 years on the circuit, but coming into this match on the back of three successive defeats.
Since reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon, Verdasco has barely won too many matches, and never won two back to back ones. Basilashvili shouldn’t have a lot of difficulties in this one as a result
Tip: Basilashvili to win in straight sets: 7/4 with Unibet