ATP Rome Day 3 Predictions 🇮🇹
Updated: May 14, 2021
Dominic Thiem v Márton Fucsovics
Thiem should win here, but neither are in great form. Thiem has played Fucsovics once, and it was on clay, winning 7-5 6-1 in July 2019.
Roberto Bautista Agut v Cristian Garin
These players have never played each other but it's sure to be a good match! Old vs New! I think RBA should win the mental game. Garin can get a bit off mentally here and there, and if it's going to happen to anyone, RBA would do that to players. I expect a fight by both players.
Cameron Norrie v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
These players have not played eachother on clay, but it's sure to be a good fight! No players have extreme advantageous weapons, but it'll be a test of consistency. Possibly a three setter. Fokina to win in three!
Andrey Rublev v Jan-Lennard Struff
Last time they played each other on clay was 2016, where Struff won in straight sets. Both players have been having a solid clay court season. Rublev is the favourite but if Struff has the right mentality, I definitely think it'll be a tight affair. I predict Rublev in a tight three setter.
Gianluca Mager v Lorenzo Sonego
An Italian affair! Mager coming off a smooth victory against De Minaur, and Sonego a strong battle against Monfils.
In Sonego's match, he took an injury timeout for an undisclosed leg injury in the third set. Although it didn't seem to affect him much after that (I believe that) combined with his loose mentality could secure a win for Mager.
Federico Delbonis v David Goffin
Delbonis has been in good form leading up to this match, but I think Goffin will just be too good here. It could go to three sets, but I think Goffin will win either way.
Alexander Zverev v Hugo Dellien
Zverev is clear favourite, but you never know! Zverev can always lose a set, but he often recovers to win the match.
Aslan Karatsev v Daniil Medvedev
It is hard to predict when two fellow countrymen play together. There are unknown factors like friendships that can make a match like this unpredictable. I believe Karatsev will have the upper hand here, but Medvedev may pull his socks up and win the match if he focusses. I still pick Karatsev to win because Medvedev isn't in the best headspace at the moment.
Marin Cilic v Stefanos Tsitsipas
These two haven't played each other on clay, but Tsitsipas should be able to wipe the floor with Cilic here. If Cilic's serve is on point, it may prove a bit more difficult, but 'The Greek' should be able to manoeuvre around the court well, whereas Cilic isn't as clinical in footwork on clay. If Tsitsipas wins the first set, I would expect an easy second set such as 6-2, but if Cilic wins the first set (probably due to his serve), then I believe the 'French Open Semi-Finalist' would have no problem coming back to win.
Denis Shapovalov v Stefano Travaglia
I don't love this matchup because neither player are in good form. Shapovalov is a bit younger (22 v 29) and more enthusiastic, so I think that can carry some momentum and beat Travaglia. Although the Italian is playing in his home country, there will be no crowd on their court, so this diminishes the home-court advantage for me.
Matteo Berrettini v John Millman
These two haven't played each other on clay either, but I think Berrettini should have the natural clay ability to clean the Aussie off his home court. I expect a straight forward two set win here.