ATP Mallorca Day 3 Tips Including Nick Kyrgios vs Laslo Djere

Gamers proceed to hone their abilities on the grass court docket in preparation for Wimbledon, and the inexperienced stretch to this point has not been with out its surprises. Mallorca has world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev trying to retain his crown after profitable the primary ATP grass-court event performed in Spain final yr, staged right here on Rafael Nadal’s residence island. Nonetheless, the king of clay is absent, however rising Nick Kyrgios appears to be like like a risk, whereas Medvedev himself is in advantageous type having reached two straight finals on grass. Who will advance to Spherical 2?

Predictions ATP Mallorca Day 3

Botic van de Zandschulp vs Marcos Giron

Head-to-head: Girón 1-0

These two gamers transfer slowly in reverse instructions. Van de Zandschulp continues his generally excruciatingly sluggish climb up the rankings, however does so inexorably nonetheless. Girón, then again, has not registered a victory since a powerful efficiency in Rome a month in the past. Each are severely inexperienced on grass, however van de Zandschulp has executed little higher. Giron gained his solely H2H (on exhausting), nevertheless it was within the midst of the Dutchman’s huge stand up the rankings final yr, and van de Zandschulp has continued his climb (to twenty sixth, the present career-high) whereas Giron hasn’t. He did not transfer ahead. Girón is nearly solely a tough court docket participant, whereas Botic has divided his time between exhausting court docket and clay. That steadiness speaks better of adapting to an unfamiliar floor, and the Dutchman has the drive in the mean time.
Prediction: Van de Zandschulp in 3

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Dusan Lajovic vs. Daniel Altmeier

Head-to-head: Altmeier 1-0

After struggles earlier within the season, Altmeier plunged again into the challenger tour. He carried out effectively there, however since he returned to ATP competitors he has but to win a match. His #64 rating truly feels excessive in the midst of the season he is having, which is 3-14. Lajovic can attain fairly a excessive stage, as evidenced by a number of good wins this yr, most notably towards Casper Ruud on clay. Nonetheless, he’s inconsistent and his total document this yr is barely higher than Altmeier’s. His document on grass is equally worrying (5-14). There aren’t sufficient stats to make a reliable decide right here, so we’ll go along with the higher-tier wins the Serb has had this yr.
Prediction: Lajovic in 3

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Sebastian Baez vs Jordan Thompson

Head to head: first assembly

Baez is as inexperienced because the grass he’ll play on as he’s set to make his first look on the floor. And what at first looks as if a positive matchup rapidly sours when he examines himself carefully. Jordan Thompson is not a participant on the rise like Baez, however he’s a reliable turf participant. He has no ATP matches on the floor this yr, however for a warm-up to Mallorca he went 9-1 with a title in two grass-court Challengers. These included a victory over the lauded Dennis Kudla, whose status on grass is stable and whose numbers on the floor are almost similar to Thompson’s. This isn’t a very good matchup for Baez in his first turf look, and Thompson ought to use his expertise to frustrate his younger opponent.
Prediction: Thompson at 2

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Nick Kyrgios vs. Laslo Djere

Head to head: first assembly

Nick Kyrgios is taking pictures. He has reached the semi-finals of his final three tournaments and has wins this yr over Casper Ruud, Andrey Rublev, Pablo Carreno Busta and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Grass fits him, however not a lot for his opponent, who prefers clay on all surfaces. This can be a poor draw for Djere, who’s having a lackluster season total. Not solely is Kyrgios enjoying effectively in the mean time, however he tends to deal with early opponents with ease (lasting to the later phases of tournaments continues to be an issue). This is without doubt one of the few grass-court matchups the place I really feel assured selecting two.
Prediction: Kyrgios at 2

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