ATP Qatar Open 2020 Predictions & Live Streams for Tuesday, January 7: Stan Wawrinka v Jeremy Chardy & Laslo Djere v Lorenzo Sonego Tips

Stan Wawrinka v Frances Tiafoe live streaming and predictions

First round matches at the ATP Qatar Open 2020 get underway in Doha on Tuesday and top seeded Stan Wawrinka will lead the draw with his opener. Get the latest Stan Wawrinka v Jeremy Chardy & Laslo Djere tips, previews and live streams below among other matches.

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Stan Wawrinka v Jeremy Chardy Predictions & Preview

Top seeded Stan Wawrinka will be up against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in what will be their seventh meeting and it’s hard to see Wawrinka not win this one. In the six previous meetings, Chardy has managed to win just two sets off Wawrinka, and they came in different matches. One was as recently as the US Open last year where Wawrinka won that second round encounter in four sets.

A quarterfinalist at this tournament last season and a finalist in 2018, Wawrinka has a lot to prove having not won a title since his Geneva Open win in 2017. He has shown a lot of sparkle for sure, having made it to the final as recently as the Antwerp Open but lost to close friend Andy Murray in the title-decider. He will be gunning not just for Chardy in this one.

Chardy is coming off a three-set win over fellow Frenchman Gregoire Barrere in his opener, but that wouldn’t be the same as facing the pedigree of Wawrinka. It must be quickly said though, the Swiss number two didn’t have a great pre-season, losing both his matches to Gael Monfils and John Isner. Would Chardy have learnt anything from that?

Tip: Wawrinka to win in three sets: 3/1 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)

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Laslo Djere v Lorenzo Sonego Predictions & Preview

This will be the second time that the 39th-ranked Serb Laslo Djere will take on Lorenzo Sonego of Italy, and they meet in round one of the Doha Open. In their previous match, Sonego had brushed the Serb’s challenge aside in straight sets on clay at Marrakech. This, however, comes on a hard court surface.

Interestingly, both players Djere and Sonego won their maiden and only ATP titles in 2019. While Djere scooped up the Rio title on clay, Sonego’s win came on the grass courts of Antalya. However, Djere did not have the greatest seasons last year, finishing with a win-loss ratio of 21-23.

17 of those wins came on clay for Djere, while on other surfaces he was a poor 4-14. Sonego featured in a lot of lower level tournaments too and again, much like his opponent, excelled on clay. His struggles elsewhere didn’t match the depths of Djere but their difficulties on non-clay surfaces could lead to an exciting contest here.

Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)

Frances Tiafoe v Marton Fucsovics Predictions & Preview

In another first round match, USA’s eighth seeded Frances Tiafoe will be up against Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in what will be their second meeting. Fucsovics had won their only previous match, which had come on the Geneva clay in 2018.

Tiafoe has been tipped as a youngster worth watching but his performances last season have been anything but that. Of the 53 matches he played, Tiafoe won just 23, and did not reach a single semifinal in any of the tournaments he played except the Next-Gen Finals. And traditionally, he has struggles on hard court surfaces too, losing 16 of his 29 matches over the last season.

Fucsovics is a qualifier, who needed three-setters in both his previous matches to get to the main draw. And now he faces an American looking to resurrect his career. The Hungarian is another clay court specialist with his only ATP title having come on that surface too. However, the last season wasn’t his greatest even on clay with six wins coming on it to 10 defeats. It was worse on hard courts, 5-10, and that could lead to an interesting contest between the two.

Tip: Three sets in the match: 8/5 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)

Marco Cecchinato v Pierre-Hugues Herbert Predictions & Preview

65th-ranked Pierre-Hugues Herbert will be up against Marco Cecchinato, a player ranked 10 places behind him with both having played each other on one previous occasion. That had come in Pune in 2018 and Herbert had won it in three sets.

Both players are coming off below-par previous seasons, and more so on hard court surfaces where Cecchinato was 5-12 on win-loss and Herbert was 4-9. Expect an error-ridden, three-setter with not much separating the two.

Tip: Three sets in the match: 8/5 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)

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