The second round matches at the ATP Vienna Open 2019 will kick-start from Wednesday, October 23 and below you can get the preview of Karen Khachanov v Marton Fucsovics & Matteo Berrettini v Grigor Dimitrov along with other tips and predictions below.Get the best odds for the ATP Kremlin Cup 2019 with 888Sport here.
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Karen Khachanov v Marton Fucsovics Predictions & Preview
In what will be their second match against each other, Karen Khachanov will hope to get it past Marton Fucsovics in their second round encounter at the Vienna Open. The first time was at Davis Cup 2017 in which Fucsovics had surprised Khachanov.
The Russian has had an underwhelming season, following up from a brilliant one in 2018. He was expected to challenge the Big Three this season after what seemed like a breakthrough season last year where he won the Paris Masters, getting the better of Novak Djokovic. Unfortunately with no title wins and just two semifinals in the entire year, things haven’t gone his way.
That’s not saying he will have too many issues in this one. In fact, Fucsovics was coming into this tournament on the back of a string of losses. A couple of wins in the qualifiers and a first round victory helped but that could be as far as he might go in this competition.
Tip: Khachanov to win in straight sets: 26/25 with Unibet
Matteo Berrettini v Grigor Dimitrov Predictions & Preview
Much like the Khachanov-Fucsovics match, these two are playing each other for the second time too and Dimitrov had beaten Berrettini in straight sets on the clay of Monte Carlo. However, it’s been a year to remember for Berrettini who has won 45 and lost just 19 of his matches this season, and that includes a couple of title wins.
And while some might argue those have come on grass and clay respectively, over the past two years, Berrettini also has Challenger wins on hard court and indoor courts.
Berrettini did need three sets to get past Kyle Edmund in his first round match and it might not, therefore get as straightforward as one might think due to Dimitrov decent recent showing. Having fallen to 78th in the world earlier this season, Dimitrov has shown signs of a resurrection with the semifinal at the US Open being the crescendo for his season so far.
The interesting thing is that Berrettini himself was a losing semifinalist at the US Open, so this could be an exciting contest that might see the Bulgarian probably even edge it.
Tip: Dimitrov to win: 11/8 with Unibet
Gael Monfils v Dennis Novak Predictions & Preview
This will be the first time that the experienced pro Gael Monfils takes on the 26-year-old Dennis Novak in their opening round match. Interestingly, both players are coming off first round losses at their previous tournaments, with Monfils having been beaten by Jannik Sinner at Antwerp last week and Novak qualifying for Stockholm but going down to Sam Querrey in his opener.
That, unfortunately, is where their similarity ends. Monfils has had a solid season, with a 32-16 win-loss record at the top level of tennis. Novak’s barely won in the main draw of the ATP competitions, having needed to feature at the Challengers to get valuable points to make it to the qualifiers of events.
No wonder then that Monfils starts off 2/9 to win this and 4/6 to win this in straight sets.
Tip: Monfils to win in straight sets: 4/6 with Unibet
Felix Auger-Aliassime v Andrey Rublev Predictions & Preview
Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime will take on Andrey Rublev for a place in the second round of the Vienna Open on Wednesday and this will be the second time they will be meeting in their careers. Their first match had come on the clay court of Umag last year and Rublev had won in a gritty three-setter.
It’s been an interesting year for both players, with Auger Aliassime having climbed to 18th on the charts – with a career-best of 17 – while Rublev at his career-best 22nd. In short, on paper there isn’t much to separate the two of them. The difference is in their respective forms in the different halves of this season.
While Auger Aliassime began the year with a bang – making it to the final at Rio, qualifying to then enter the semifinal at Miami and then a final at Stuttgart – his more recent form has been middling at best. Rublev, on the other hand, is coming off a title win in Moscow which had followed a solid showing on hard courts.
Rublev will start off with an edge in this one.
Tip: Rublev to win: 8/11 with Unibet