Thanasi Kokkinakis v Quentin Halys
Thanasi Kokkinakis will need a stellar performance to advance past Quentin Halys, who easily advanced from the qualifiers to the main draw. The French player is a great server and relies heavily on it during rallies, but that will be fine in Dubai.
He’s got a great groove going, so he’ll be formidable. Since Kokinakis recently took home a challenger trophy from the Gulf, he also has every reason to feel confident about his chances in this competition. Halys has won both of their previous matches against each other so far.
Predicting the victor here is difficult because the outcome could go either way. It all comes down to who can serve better, as they both possess formidable power in that department.
Since Kokkinakis’s forehand is the stronger of the two and could prove decisive if his serve ever gets behind, he’s the safer bet. It’s going to be a nail-biter either way, so don’t count out the over.
Alexander Zverev v Jiri Lehecka
This match between two players roughly on par with one another right now is fascinating to watch. Despite his progress, Zverev has yet to reach his full potential. In this match, Lehecka is playing some of the finest tennis of his career.
Currently, the Czech player is particularly potent due to favorable conditions. His serve and forehand were among the best in the game. With just that, I believe he could make Zverev’s life a living hell.
Like the only match they’ve ever had, I see him winning this one, too. It happened at the beginning of the year at the United Cup, and Lehecka triumphed decisively in two sets.
Filip Krajinovic v Andrey Rublev
Considering how poorly Rublev has played so far this season, this should be an intriguing matchup. Looking at his results outside of the Australian Open, he has been quite bad. His potential difficulty in this matchup stems from the fact that Krajinov currently holds a head-to-head advantage over him.
Yes, the Serbian has a 3-2 advantage in head-to-head matchups and he also won the previous match in Rome last year. They met once in Dubai, where Rublev again triumphed.
The Russian will prevail because he played at a consistently high level in Doha last week. In any case, Krajinovic is not a player he needs to be afraid of because he is slowly beginning to turn things around. The Serbian has also had a lackluster year, so we shouldn’t expect a spectacular showing from him.
The value isn’t great, but for Tennis Betting you should take Rublev to win. Alternatively, try the under 22.5 games. Since I still need more information from Rublev, I won’t recommend doing so.