The second round matches at the 2019 Swiss Indoors Open continue on Wednesday, October 24 at Basel, and below you can get the preview of David Goffin v Marin Cilic & Pablo Cuevas v Stanislas Wawrinka along with other match tips and predictions below.Get the best odds for the ATP Kremlin Cup 2019 with 888Sport here.
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David Goffin v Marin Cilic Predictions & Preview
David Goffin and Marin Cilic meet for the seventh time in their careers in the first round of the Swiss indoors at Basel. The head-to-head is tied at 3-3, with Goffin having won the first three, and Cilic the next three. However, the last time they met was at the 2018 US Open and both players’ careers have taken separate paths since.
2014 US Open winner and three-time Grand Slam finalist Marin Cilic has had the most disappointing season in a very long time. A regular member of the top ten in the ATP rankings, Cilic has fallen out of the top 20 as the season has been marred by injuries and poor form with plenty of early losses. With a game that is well suited to the faster surfaces, aided by his big serve, the Croat will be looking to the European indoor courts this week and next, to end his season on a more positive note.
Belgian David Goffin, once ranked in the top ten in the world in 2017, spent most of 2018 recovering from injuries and fell to number 30 in the rankings. However, he has done well to make the finals at both the Halle ATP 500 and the Cincinnati Masters 1000 this year and is back in the top 15 in the rankings. With an outside shot at making the ATP Tour Finals in London, Goffin will be hoping for a strong performance both here and in Paris next week.
An exciting match between two players with great shot-making abilities; expect Goffin to pull a three-set victory.
Tip: Goffin to win in three sets: 3/1 with Unibet
Pablo Cuevas v Stanislas Wawrinka Predictions & Preview
Clay court specialist from Uruguay, Pablo Cuevas meets three-time grand slam champion Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round in Basel, at the Swiss Indoors Championships. The players have met once in their careers, on the Monte Carlo clay in 2017, which Cuevas won in straight sets.
It has been another mixed season for veteran Cuevas, who performed reasonably well on the clay, but not much of note elsewhere. The highlight of the year was a finals appearance at the Estoril Open losing to title winner Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka is back in the top 20 in the world after falling out of the top 200, with 2018 being an injury stricken year for the former world number three. A finalist at Rotterdam, a quarter-finalist at both the French & US Opens, and a finalist last week at Antwerp have been some of the highlights of his year. Wawrinka will look to end the season with a strong performance on home soil, here in Basel.
Being in Switzerland, and on the faster indoor courts, expect Wawrinka to win this in straight sets.
Tip: Wawrinka to win in straight sets: 10/11 with Unibet
Alex de Minaur v Taylor Fritz Predictions & Preview
In a ‘Next Gen’ clash, Aussie Alex de Minaur meets Taylor Fritz for the third time, with a 2-0 head-to-head favoring the Aussie, winning at the ‘Next Gen’ Tour Finals last year in Milan, as well as at the Atlanta ATP 250 finals earlier this year.
It has been a breakthrough year and a half for both De Minaur and Fritz with them ranked around the top 30 in the world. While Fritz won his first title this summer on the Eastbourne grass this year, de Minaur won his first at Sydney earlier in the year and followed it with titles at Atlanta (defeating Fritz in the final), and the Zhuhai Open at the start of the Asian swing.
Both players have pulled off some inspiring results, with De Minaur making the second week of the US Open defeating top ten Kei Nishikori en route, and Fritz defeating Dominic Thiem at the Laver Cup, and Alexander Zverev in the previous round here at Basel. However, to some extent, both have failed to be as consistent as they would like to be in the ranks of other ‘Next Gen’ players like Daniil Medvedev.
While this is a tight battle on the cards, and either player can win, Fritz’s confidence will be high with his wins in recent weeks and expect him to edge out the Aussie in three sets.
Tip: Fritz to win in three sets: 7/2 with Unibet
Roger Federer v Radu Albot Predictions & Preview
Roger Federer meets Moldovian Radu Albot for the second time in his career, in the second round of the Swiss Indoors Open in Basel. The only time they met was at the Madrid Masters 1000 opener, which Federer won in a tight three-setter, and continued to win the title.
Searching his tenth title here at Basel, Swiss maestro Roger Federer was off to a flier defeating German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 6-2,6-1 in less than an hour. In what has been another good year for the Swiss, he will be looking for a title run her to atone for a few not so convincing outings since the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic where he was unable to convert two championship points on his serve.
Radu Albot had a career best start to the year being ranked as high as number 39, winning his first ATP title at Delray Beach and being a semi-finalist at Geneva and Los Cabos. A dip in form in recent weeks has resulted in a drop in rankings, but after a spirited win against Dusan Lajovic here, he will be looking to rekindle some of the form from that Miami opener against Federer.
While Albot pushed the Swiss very close in Madrid, it is unlikely that he will do the same on these fast indoor courts in Federer’s home town. Expect the top seed to win in straight sets.
Tip: Federer to win in straight sets: 1/5 with Unibet