Day three at the ATP event in Washington will feature plenty of exciting action including former World No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov and several American players, including American No. 1 Reilly Opelka. It should be a very entertaining day of tennis with lots of quality close matches. We also have match predictions with Nick Kyrgios and Benoit Paire, together with Hubert Hurkacz.
ATP Washington – Predictions for the 3rd
Alex de Minaur vs Yoshihito Nishioka
Head to head: Nishioka 2-0 De Minaur
After facing Atlanta runner-up Brooksby in the first round, Nishioka now faces the Atlanta champion in De Minaur. Perhaps surprisingly, Nishioka leads the head-to-head 2-0 without losing a set or even a tiebreak. With De Minaur having had an intense week leading up to the title, this could be an opportunity for the Japanese to claim a third win in this match; he is a very solid, consistent player who is most likely a bit underrated right now and will climb up the ranks soon. Given the circumstances, he could beat De Minaur again here and go on a strong run.
Forecast: Nishioka in 2
Sebastian Korda vs Sebastian Baez
Head to head: Corda 1:0 Baez
Baez may be much higher at the moment and has had a great season, capped off by a title in Estoril, but on this surface Korda is the clear favourite. The American has shown flashes of brilliance throughout the season, but mental frailty at key moments has prevented him from taking the next step forward in his career. Despite this, one feels that it is only a matter of time before he is able to win such tournaments.
Forecast: Korda in 2
Denis Kudla vs Reilly Opelka
Head to head: Opelka 2-1 Kudla
Opelka has already won two titles this season, but his results have been disappointing since the last of those titles in Houston. His clay and grass season has been far below expectations, but the American hard courts are where he feels best and where his best results are expected. Kudla could be a tricky customer, but Opelka should serve his way to victory here.
Forecast: Opelka in 2
Grigor Dimitrov vs Adrian Mannarino
Head to head: Dimitrov 3:0 Mannarino
Dimitrov is not having a good season, but he is still capable of making deep runs at times, especially at Masters 1000 level. Mannarino also struggled after his match against Nadal in Australia. Neither player is in good form, but Dimitrov seems to have the edge in this match and should come out on top here.
Prediction: Dimitrov in 2
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