ATP Tour veteran Richard Gasquet gets his start Australian Open Championship Campaign against Ugo Humbert on the second day of the tournament after winning the ATP title last week. we have Predictions for every 2 match day In the tournament and complete coverage of the first Grand Slam tournament of the season.
Pablo Carreno Busta vs. Pedro Cachin
Damien Kost: Cashin improved his hard court technique a lot last year, but this draw is much more difficult than what he achieved at the US Open. Carreno Busta should be very comfortable here, even if he had some trouble finding his rhythm at the start. Carreno Busta at 4
LISH GINSBERG: Kashin pulled off a miracle at the US Open last year, but it’s hard to see him match it. Unfortunately for him, Carreno Busta is even better. Carreno Busta at 4
Glenys Furness: Carreno Busta is seeded 14 at the Australian Open. The Spaniard’s season did not get off to the best start, as he was in Adelaide 2 seeded 2 and lost in the second round. The Spaniard will look to improve his performance in this Grand Slam, which was the fourth round. With points dropped, the seed will want to at least equal that.
Cachin made the main draw for the first time. At the Australian Open for only the second time, the Argentine will be considered the underdog. Kashin played in the lead-up to the slam, and despite losing in the first round of the preliminary events, he had match practice under his belt. Carreno Busta at 3
Richard Gasquet vs. Hugo Humbert
Damien: Gasquet winning a title in Auckland might not improve his chances. It’s a tight match right now, and Humbert being fresher (plus a lot younger) could make all the difference. However, no one could take that feat from the veteran. Humbert at 4
yosh: Gasquet isn’t quite done yet, and Humbert hasn’t been the most consistent lately. I don’t think the older Frenchman can go deep in the slam anymore, but he can win a round or two. Gasquet at 4
Glennis: Gasquet has a good slam build. The Frenchman presented the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland *Editor’s note – enter if he wins or loses please*. Then straight to Australia for the first round. The Frenchman has never gone beyond the fourth round in a first slam this year. Last year Gasquet was knocked out in the second round.
Humbert is playing in his fifth Australian Open. The Frenchman did not go beyond the second round here and lost last year in the first round. One of those Frenchmen will go into the second round, and Humbert will want it to be him for the points loss that is set to come. Gasquet at 4
Maxime Cressi vs. Albert Ramos Vinolas
Damien: Chrissy has to take this on a fast pitch, but his style of play will never be consistent. Ramos-Viñolas can really come close here, knowing his extremely high tennis IQ and ability to keep the ball low over the net make life difficult for the setter and volleyball. Chrissie at 5
yosh: Cressy is fun, quirky, and very effective in longer matches. His serve is tough to handle, and I don’t think Ramos-Vinolas is consistent enough on the return not to get frustrated. Chrissie at 4
Glenys: Cressy played Adelaide 1 losing to Kokkinakis in straight sets. The American will want to improve quickly, as Chrissie reached the fourth round last year. It was the farthest he had come in any of the major leagues.
Ramos Vinolas was pushed to three sets in Adelaide 2, before finally losing in the first round, not the most perfect of preparations. The Spaniard only reached the first round last year, so he will be desperate to improve on this. The Spaniard and the American have not played before, so it will be an interesting match Ramos Vinolas at 5
Philip Krajinovic vs. Holger Rohn
Damian: Krajinovic isn’t the constant threat to the top players he was a few years ago, but Ron is under a question mark after losing his only game this year so far. In terms of talent, it’s not even close, but the Dane will probably take a moment before finding his groove. Ron at 4
yosh: Ron is ready for a serious breakout tour sometime soon, Krajinovic is talented and shows up one or two matches at a time, but can’t seem to get it all together. Ron at 4
Glennis: Krajinovic has had his ups and downs. As the sixth seed at the Maharashtra Open, the Serb reached the quarter-finals. Having been knocked out in the first round last year, Krajinovic will be hoping to push on and match or improve on his third round here.
Ron is the fifth seed. The Dane lost in the first round at Adelaide 1, and Ron is playing for the second time at the Australian Open, and will be looking to do better than last year where he lost in the first round. Ron has been improving throughout the past season, and at 19 years old is a prospect for the future. Ron at 3