Karatsev vs Cerundolo: prediction for the ATP Hamburg match
Aslan Karatsev confidently outplayed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the opening round of the Hamburg Open. He defeated the Georgian tennis player in two sets (6-4, 6-0). In the second round, however, the Russian experienced some problems against Daniel Galan. He surrended the first set to Galan, but managed to get the upper hand in the end (3-6, 6-3, 6-4). Last week, Karatsev played in the quarterfinals of the Swedish Open.
Francisco Cerundolo has had a very busy couple of weeks. The Argentine is in excellent form - he won the tournament in Bostad last week, defeating Sebastian Baez in the final (7-6, 6-2). At the current competition, Cerundolo celebrated success over Daniel Altmeier (2-6, 6-4, 6-2) and upset Andrey Rublev (6-4, 6-2).
Karatsev didn't play tie-breaks in the last 5 matches.
In 3 of Cerundolo's last 5 matches, there were over 9.5 games in the first set.
Last week, Cerundolo defeated Karatsev in Bostad. We don't think that much has changed since then - Cerundolo has the upper hand coming into this match. Moreover, in the previous round, Cerundolo got a comfortable win over Andrey Rublev. We will be backing the Argentine in this pair.
Our prediction - handicap (-3) to Cerundolo
The only match between the players ended in two sets. We expect another short battle - Cerundolo is in excellent shape and should easily overcome Karatsev. Take the under.
Second prediction - total under 22 games