The second round matches at the 2019 Swiss Indoors Open continue on Thursday, October 24 at Basel, and below you can get the preview of Stanislas Wawrinka v Frances Tiafoe, & Richard Gasquet v Roberto Bautista Agut, 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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Stanislas Wawrinka v Frances Tiafoe Predictions & Preview
This is the first ever meeting between Stanislas Wawrinka and Frances Tiafoe, in the second round of the Swiss Indoors Open at Basel.
In his 14th appearance at Basel, Wawrinka has a 12-13 record after his first win against Uruguayan veteran Pablo Cuevas, as he looks to improve his record at home. After injuries marred good portions of 2017 and 2018 for the former world number three, he has been on the comeback trail this year. Being a finalist at Antwerp last week, and Rotterdam earlier in the year, he has also made the quarter-finals at the French and US Open this year and is back in the top 20 in the world. Although at number 15 in the race to the Tour Finals in London it seems unlikely that Wawrinka will qualify, he will be looking to end his season with a good run here in Basel, and in Paris next week.
After a promising 2018, where he won his first ATP title at Delray Beach, and broke into the top 30 in the world, Next Gen American Frances Tiafoe has not lived upto expectations this year, after an Australian Open quarterfinal performance. The American did well in his convincing opening win against Daniel Evans and will look for a good run this week.
Two entertaining players to meet for the first time will give us a lot to look forward to; expect Wawrinka to win in three sets and set up an all-Swiss quarterfinal against Roger Federer.
Richard Gasquet v Roberto Bautista Agut Predictions & Preview
Roberto Bautista Agut leads Richard Gasket 4-2 in their head-to head, as they meet for the fourth time this year, in the second round of the Swiss Indoors, in Basel.
While Gasquet prevailed in Cincinnati, Agut won the week before in Montreal, as well as on the grass courts of the ATP 500 at Halle, earlier this year.
French veteran Richard Gasquet who was once ranked in the top ten in the world, is returning from an injury lay-off and while he did well to make the semi-finals at the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, he is still not close to the form he has exhibited over the years.
Agut, on the other hand, has had one off the best years of his career, breaking into the top ten in the rankings, winning the ATP 250 at Doha, being a Wimbledon semi-finalist, as well as being in contention for the ATP Tour Finals in London.
A good contest on the cards; but with a shot at the London Finals, and the sort of year he has had, expect Agut to win this in three sets.
David Goffin v Reilly Opelka Predictions & Preview
Big serving American Reilly Opelka and gritty counterpuncher David Goffin from Belgium have met once before, in a five setter at the Australian Open in 2017, where Goffin prevailed.
After an injury filled 2018, Belgian David Goffin has done well to return to form this year, being a finalist at the Cincinnati Masters 1000, and at the Halle ATP 500. He has continued his consistent form through the latter half of the season, and along with the likes of Matteo Berrettini, Roberto Bautista Agut, Gael Monfils, Alexander Zverev, Fabio Fognini and others, is in contention for the last two open spots at the Tour Finals in London.
It has been a career best year for American Reilly Opelka who is ranked a career best number 37 in the world right now. Opelka won his first ATP title earlier this year at the New York Open, and has continued his consistent form through the year.
A match between players with contrasting styles; expect the in-form Goffin to counter the Opelka serve well and prevail in a three-setter.
Filip Krajinovic v Fabio Fognini Predictions & Preview
The two players have only met once in their career, with Krajinovic winning on the Hamburg clay in 2014.
Filip Krajinovic has a liking for the indoor courts, being a finalist at the Paris Masters in 2017. He has not had the most consistent of years, with a mix of results, that has kept his ranking to within the top 50 in the world. However, a good run last week, on the indoor courts again, being a finalist in Stockholm is evidence that the Serb is in good touch yet again.
Italian Fognini won his first Masters 1000 title at Monte Carlo and despite a somewhat mixed season, done well to remain in contention for the Tour Finals in London. A dip in form during the grass and US hardcourt season was mitigated by a good showing during the Asian swing, as the Italian veteran makes a final effort to qualify for the year end tournament in London.
Expect a well fought match between the two unpredictable players, with Fognini prevailing in three sets