Masters 1000 – Cincinnati 2017: August 17th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

Center Court (11 a.m. start)

[7] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) H2H – This should be a fun match.  I lean slightly toward Dimitrov because I always have concerns about JMDP’s wrist and backhand.  Still, I think JMDP is the mentally stronger of the two.

[14] John Isner (USA) vs. [WC] Frances Tiafoe (USA) H2H – Isner won 2 events after Wimbledon (Newport and Atlanta), but I still favor Tiafoe to pull off an upset.  I think the younger player can feel confident about holding his own serve versus Isner, and this will allow Tiafoe to get any kinks out ahead of a 1st set tiebreak.

[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Albert Ramos-Vinolas – Rafa tends to punish his fellow Spaniards.  I don’t think AVR will be over-awed, but I do think Rafa has more game.

[11] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) vs. David Ferrer (ESP) H2H – Ferrer can pull this upset (is it even an upset?).

[3] Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs. Adrian Mannarino (FRA) – Thiem needs to get his hardcourt legs under him, but if he does, watch out.

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs. Ivo Karlovic (CRO) H2H – Watch out is my only advice

Stadium 3

Karen Khachanov (RUS) vs. Yuichi Sugita (JPN) H2H – Each player has a great chance to reach the final 8.

Court 10

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) vs. [WC] Jared Donaldson (USA) H2H – Normally, wildcards don’t reach the final 8 so I am picking the Georgian, but what an opportunity for both players as well.


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