Say 4 at the ATP 500 Swiss Inoors in Basel presents several interesting storylines as some of the world’s best players gather in Switzerland to compete for the title. There will be five second-round matches on Thursday as the 32-player draw is reduced to eight in the quarter-finals. Veterans Andy Murray and Roberto Bautista Agut kicked off a bout that turned into a very open bottom half of the Basel draw. At LWOT we have the preview and prediction for that match as well as all the other events around the Basel grounds. But who will come forward?
ATP forecast in Basel on the fourth day
Stan Wawrinka vs Brandon Nakashima
Face to face: first meeting
Veteran Stan Wawrinka He will face young American Brandon Nakashima in the second round in Basel. It will be the first meeting between the two. Wawrinka, who reached the semi-finals at the Metz last month, is on the cusp of reaching the second quarter-finals of the season. Fighting back from injury has been tough for the 37-year-old, but his record 6-3 win over the past month over Kasper Rudd and Daniil Medvedev made him feel confident in his game. Nakashima is also confident in his current form. The American Next Generation has been 9-2 over the past month including taking his first title in San Diego. An improvement in his serve has catapulted Nakashima to the world rankings, currently ranked 43rd in his current career. I anticipate a fierce battle between these two brilliant opponents. Wawrinka will have the home fans behind him, but I think consistency from both wings is what helps propel Nakashima forward.
Prediction: Nakashima at 3
Holger Ron vs Ugo Humbert
Head to head: Ron 1-0 Humbert
Holger Ron is currently 19 years old He played the best tennis of his life. Ron exits back-to-back finals in Sofia and Stockholm, with the latter leading Stefanos Tsitsipas for the title. He enhanced this performance with a 6-2, 7-5 victory in the first round over Alex de Minaur in Basel. The Dane matches Ugo Humbert in the second round. Ron won their only match 6-3 6-2 earlier this year at Indian Wells. 2022 was a year of struggle for Humbert, though, as he found some form of challenge during the indoor hard court season. He holds a record 11-4 on the roof this season. However, the 24-year-old Frenchman holds a poor record of 4-16 against the top 75 players this season. I expect Ron to be able to handle Humbert on this.
Prediction: Rune in 2
Alexander Bublik vs Albert Ramos Vinolas
Head to head: Public 2-0 Ramos-Vinolas
Separated in the Pepperstone ATP Ranking by only two spots, Alexander Bublik And Albert Ramos-Vinolas are preparing to compete for a place in the Basel quarter-finals on the goal line. The Spaniard produced one of the most surprising upsets in the first round, as he beat in-form Lorenzo Mussetti 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. With that said, Ramos Vinolas has a career record of 22 to 47 on the indoor hard court. On the other hand, Publik prefers this as his best surface. He’s 16-6 on the indoor hard court this season and has won nine of his past 12 games overall. I find it difficult to picture Ramos-Vinolas supporting his victory over Musseti against a skilled hardcourt player like Publik. I expect the 25-year-old to reach the sixth quarter-finals of the season.
Prediction: Bublik at 2
Miomir Kecmanovic vs Felix Auger-Aliassime
Head-to-head: Kikmanovic 2-1 Auger Eliassim
Found Felix Auger-Aliassime Some of the best tennis games right on time. The 22-year-old Canadian is in full swing in the singles bubble race to Turin, but has come up with massive results over the past two weeks to improve his chances of making the 2022 ATP Finals.
Auger-Aliasime is emerging with back-to-back titles in Florence and Antwerp. He’s played the big points well and proves why he deserves a place in the year-end finals. His opponent in the second round in Basel is Miomir Kekmanowicz. The 23-year-old Serbian is looking forward to ending the best season of his young career with great fanfare. He is 6-2 over his last eight games and has shown a strong penchant for the indoor hard court. I’m expecting a very entertaining fight between these two in Basel. In a match I see three sets, I give Kikmanovic a slight advantage. I love his game on this deck and I fear the FAA, which has been playing its 10th game in the past 15 days, may erode.
Prediction: Kecmanovic at 3
Andy Murray vs. Roberto Bautista Agut
Head to head: Murray 3-2 Bautista Agut
Veterans Andy Murray and Roberto Bautista Agut are set to face the match for the sixth time in their careers. The Spaniard has won his last two meetings, including a 6-0, 6-1 win earlier this year in Doha. Murray came back from a backward group to defeat Roman Svilolin in the first round and should feel solid where his match is. Of course, he’s not the old Andy Murray, but he’s 35 years old He climbed his way again within the list of the 50 best players in the world He has shown his ability to compete with the best players in the game. Bautista Agut continued his steady ways into 2022 and is looking to reach his seventh quarter-finals of the season. Expect the two to compete from the baseline throughout the match. Whoever can get the advantage early on points will dominate this match. In what I expect to be a very tight competition, I give a slight advantage to the more consistent Spaniard.
Prediciton: Bautista Agut in 3
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