ATP Buenos Aires Day 2 Predictions Including Christian Garin vs Facundo Diaz Acosta

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Day 2 at the ATP Argentina Open in Buenos Aires features eight singles matches. The matches previewed here are highlighted by Cordoba champion Christian Garin back in action as well as defending champion Marco Cecchinato. The draw is very similar to last week’s in Cordoba, with some of the players who lost early hoping to take advantage of tired legs of those who went far. We also predictions for the other Day 2 matches.

ATP Buenos Aires Day 2 Predictions

Marco Cecchinato vs Roberto Carballes Baena

Head to head: 1-0 Cecchinato

Cecchinato is the defending champion here with a big serve and overall game. He plays best on clay, highlighted by his French Open semifinal in 2018, but he has lost his last six tour level matches on the surface. Carballes Baena has a good clay court game, but never quite played consistent enough tennis to stay on the ATP tour. This is a match very winnable by both players, but Cecchinato has played well in challengers and will know the importance of defending points here after slumping for much of 2019.
Prediction: Cecchinato in 3

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Andrej Martin vs Facundo Bagnis

Head to head: 2-2

This is a rematch from just two weeks ago at the Punta Del Este Challenger, won by Martin 6-1 6-3. They have played identically schedules the past four weeks, with Martin equaling or bettering the results of Bagnis each tournament. Martin took the first set off eventual champion Christian Garin in the Cordoba semifinal last week. Fatigue may be a factor in this match, with Bagnis having to qualify and playing two three setters in qualifying. This match should go similar to their most recent, with Martin being in better form and moving on to the second round.
Prediction: Martin in 2

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Corentin Moutet vs Jozef Kovalik

Head to head: first meeting

Kovalik finished 2019 on a high note, winning the Maia Challenger on clay. Buenos Aires is only the second tournament he has entered this year, after the Australian Open. Moutet has had an excellent start to 2019, making a surprise final in Doha and making the quarterfinal last week in Cordoba. The young Frenchman is currently at his career-high ranking of #70, and his high-energy, spin-heavy game is perfect for clay. With his current form that ranking should rise and he simply has more tools than Kovalik and will win.
Prediction: Moutet in 2

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Facundo Diaz Acosta vs Christian Garin

Head to head: first meeting

Note: Garin withdrew prior to the match and was replaced by Lucky Loser Pedro Sousa.

This match will provide an exciting opportunity for Acosta, the local Argentine teenager who earned a wild card this week. Enter Cordoba last week, Garin was 1-5 on the year but only on hard courts. Garin showed his prowess on clay by winning the Cordoba title, but will have tired legs after only a day off following playing four matches in five days. Acosta has absolutely nothing to lose and will come out free swinging and maybe even challenge Garin for some time. However, Garin is the far better player and while Acosta may have promise, has not yet shown an ability to compete at a high level.
Prediction: Garin in 2

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2 COMMENTS

  1. ” with Bagnis having to qualify and playing two five setters in qualifying ”

    you mean two 3 sets matches in the qualifying

    Carballes Baena withdraw last week with an injury ,i’m not sure we he will be ready to push Cecchinato to 3 sets

  2. Thanks, my bad on that, still in major mode, just slipped my mind on the five setter.

    The draw said he had pharyngitis which he should be recovered from over a week.

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