Predictions for 10-20-2019’s 250 Finals

There are actually only 3 finals being contested, but each is worth 250 ranking points to the winner

Predicted Winner in Bold

Kremlin Cup Final in Moscow

Andrey Rublev vs. Adrian Mannarino

Outside of Russia, I’d probably be picking Mannarino who had a nice run at both Montreal and Cincinnati.  Still, on home soil, I think Rublev wins in 2 or 3 sets.

Stockholm Open in Stockholm (!)

Denis Shapovalov vs. Filip Krajinovic

I think the talented left-handed Canadian grabs the big trophy for the first time on the main tour and 250 points this week.  His game needs to mature and he needs to get physically stronger, but Shapovalov has top 10 potential.

European Open* in Antwerp, Belgium

Andy Murray vs. Stan Wawrinka

Both men are surefire future hall of fame inductees.  They have amassed a combined 6 major titles, each has at least one Olympic gold medal (Murray singles Gold in 2012 & 2016 mixed doubles Silver in 2012 & Wawrinka doubles Gold in 2008), and each helped lift his country to a Davis Cup title.

Stan and Andy each had tough 3-set quarterfinal matches, but Stan won a straightforward semifinal over the promising teenager Jannik Sinner while Murray was extended to a 3rd set again today.  I have to think Stan is fresher and has played big matches more recently than Murray (at Roland Garros and the US Open to be specific).  That has to count for something.  I think Stan Wawrinka wins in two close sets.

*This is named the European Open because of the EU being located in Belgium (I think at least).  I do love the name though.  Could Stan or Andy say after a win, “I won the championship for the entire continent of Europe.  Europe has a lot of big tournaments so to win the European Open makes this the biggest event of the year … *whispering* for me.”  The University of Kentucky won the fairly prestigious Citrus Bowl last year, but the far more prestigious Orange Bowl exists.  Still, a Citrus Bowl champion could claim, “We won the entire category of fruit not just an Orange or Tangerine Bowl.”


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