Predicted Winners in BOLD
Stadium (11 a.m. start)
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) vs. Donald Young (USA) – I wrestled with this prediction. Mayer should love the slow conditions. Young is always tough on US soil.
Frances Tiafoe (USA) vs. Nicolas Kicker (ARG) – Tiafoe was #11 in my recent power ranking.
Denis Shapovalov (CAN) vs. Viktor Troicki (SRB) – Can the talented young Canadian fend off a rock-solid veteran?
Tennys Sandgren (USA) vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) – Sandgren had an improbable run in Australia, but I am not expecting many sequels.
Steve Johnson (USA) vs. Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM)
Denis Istomin (UZB) vs. [WC] Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB)
[Q] Alex de Minaur (AUS) vs. [PR] Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) vs. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) – Medved means bear in Russian if my one year of Russian serves me well. I think the Russian Bear wins.
[Q] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) vs. [Q] Calvin Hemery (FRA)
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) vs. Aljaz Bedene (SLO)
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) vs. Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
[Q] Darian King (BAR) vs. [WC] Nicola Kuhn (ESP) – The successor to the Armada?
[Q] Yuki Bhambri (IND) vs. [LL] Mirza Basic (BIH)
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) vs. Marius Copil (ROU)
Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) vs. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO)
Radu Albot (MDA) vs. [Q] Ricardas Berankis (LTU)