With a 100% correct prediction record from yesterday’s ATP matches in Russia and Austria, Team LagateRaho.com looks forward to today’s fixtures and has handpicked a few interesting matchups.
ATP St. Petersburg
Andrey Rublev vs Ilya Ivashka
Rublev still far from his best
Andrey Rublev will be relieved to have secured his spot at the year-end Nitto ATP Finals in Turin in spite of his shock loss to Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the first round of ATP Moscow last week. The Russian has a solid 6/1 win/loss record on indoor hard courts in 2021, which earned him the ATP 500 title in Rotterdam in March.
Ilya Ivashka returned to winning ways by comfortably seeing off Leslo Djere 6-3, 6-2 in the first round in Russia. Ivashka has won more than ten matches on all surfaces except indoor hard courts this season with five wins and two losses on indoor hard courts.
Rublev leads the H2H between the pair 1-0, but we expect it to be a tight match that goes the distance.
Back Ivashka to win a set @ 1.90
Alexander Bublik vs Jan-Lennard Struff
Struff is getting his mojo back
Jan-Lennard Struff raised his game against James Duckworth in his last outing coming back from 2-5 in the first set to take the match 7-6, 6-3. The big serving Struff will look to win back to back matches on tour for the first time since May.
Bublik made easy work in his first round 6-3, 6-4 win against Evgenii Tiurnev, firing 12 aces and not dropping a single service game. The Kazakh has struggled for consistency and motivation and has blown hot and cold all season.
In the battle of the big servers, a lot will depend on both players’ motivation and fitness. We expect Jan-Lennard Struff to win at least a set in this one.
Back Struff to win a set @ 1.46
Lorenzo Sonego vs Dominik Koepfer
The battle of the lesser knowns
The #23 ranked Italian has enjoyed a hugely successful 2021 season winning the title in Cagliari and finishing runner-up in Eastbourne. In the 2020 Vienna campaign, Sonego amazingly handed world #1 Novak Djokovic one of the heaviest defeats of his career (6-2, 6-1).
Dominik Koepfer will be looking to notch up some good wins in Vienna to avoid finishing the season with a negative win-loss record (currently at 25 wins/ 26 losses) for the first time in his career (since 2010). The German will be looking for his first main draw win on indoor hard courts since last February, but may struggle against the superior Sonego.
Back Sonego to win @ 1.44