The field for the ATP Hall of Fame Championships in Newport is much more exciting than in previous years. One reason is the inclusion of Andy Murray, who opens his campaign against Sam Querrey. The last time they played, the American made a the proverbial commotion in Wimbledon quarter finals. Who do you think will come out on top this time? We also have match predictions Liam Broady and Tim van Rijthoven.
ATP Newport Day 2 Predictions
Feliciano Lopez vs Jiří Veselý
Head to head: Lopez 1-0
With a 1-12 win/loss record on the year, it’s a pretty safe bet that Feliciano Lopez will end his career really soon (unless something drastically improves). His only win in 2022 came on grass, but against Bradley Klahn, who is coming back from a long battle with injuries and is currently winless for the season. This is still the surface on which the Spaniard excels. Jiří Veselý could lose it, but with the solid rhythm he found in Ilkley/Wimbledon, probably not.
Tip: Cheerful in 2
Quentin Halys vs Alexei Popyrin
Head to head: 2-2
This one seems to be very dependent on the form of the day. Both guys undoubtedly have all the power needed to play well on grass, but they struggle to bring it to the court consistently. Alexei Popyrin completed their only meeting this year in Bordeaux (on clay). The Aussie is just that bit more fluid and dynamic, but that will likely come down to who manages to catch the odd break once a set. Coin toss.
Prediction: Popyrin in 3rd
Dominik Koepfer vs Christopher Eubanks
Head to head: First meeting
Despite his massive serve, Christopher Eubanks has never been a genius on grass, perhaps mainly due to his height, clumsy movement and poor reaction to low balls. But this is a very winnable match. Dominik Koepfer used to be the best on this surface (won Ilkley in 2019) but has not been healthy recently. With no sets played in his only two matches since Miami, he could face Eubanks again, who will have plenty of momentum from the qualifying draw.
Prediction: Eubanks in 3rd
Andy Murray vs Sam Querrey
Head to head: Murray 7-2
The rivalry hit the headlines in 2017 when Sam Querrey knocked out Andy Murray in the Wimbledon quarter-finals (after which the Briton needs almost a year off due to injury). However, the former world number one has taken their previous two meetings on grass and will be favored to win here again. His 2022 grass-court campaign was much more solid than in recent years. While Querrey can still be dangerous on this surface, Murray generally has a very good record against big servers.
Prediction: Murray in 2
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