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Salvatore Caruso will win

Tommy Robredo – Salvatore Caruso Match Prediction | 04-10-2019 10:00

Rublev is a former champion of the event and he certainly likes the conditions in Umag, proven by a great performance to dispatch Robin Haase in straight sets on Monday. The Russians forehand has a huge backswing and on a clay court, he will have enough power to dominate Dusan Lajovic.

Sinner is one of the breakthrough talents of this years ATP Challenger tour, taking a title in Bergamo and losing in Ostrava final to Kamil Majchrzak. It should be a good opportunity to continue what has been a remarkable season for the 17-year-old. The Italian even made his mark on the ATP Tour, defeating Steve Johnson in Rome. Sousa won a Challenger tournament in Blois a month ago but has had a couple of nasty losses since, getting beaten in straight sets by Frederico Silva and Benjamin Hassan. A very good prospect, Sinner is a natural clay-courter and is surely capable of pulling off a good run at the ATP 250 level.


The Spaniard is a shadow of the player he once was but that shadow can still have very good patches of play. A couple of Challenger titles in Pozna and Parma allowed him to get his ranking high enough to be able to find himself in the qualifying draws for ATP Tour events. Robredo is trying to advance to the main draw at tour level for the first time since US Open 2018. In the final round of qualifying at the Croatia Open, Tommy Robredo will face Salvatore Caruso.

The 17-year-old Italian prodigy just keeps on delivering, coming back from a 1-6, 1-3 deficit to defeat Pedro Sousa for his third tour-level win.

The Slovenian has had his number in their previous meetings, which include a match this year on the clay in Rio De Janeiro. However, this might be a great opportunity for the Italian to avenge those defeats, as their last match was very close and its not like Bedene has done anything of note since. Expect Cecchinato to have a good shot at finally getting a win in this surprisingly lop-sided rivalry.

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Cecchinato is a very crafty clay-court player but he hasnt managed to follow up his 2018 season, which included a maiden Grand Slam semifinal appearance at Roland Garros. A pretty surprising head-to-head to say the least. Nevertheless, after a short-lived grass-court campaign, Cecchinato is back on his favorite surface and will face a familiar foe, Aljaz Bedene. The Italian was up two sets to love against Nicolas Mahut in the first round this year but eventually lost the match, costing him 720 ranking points.

The German is on the comeback trail following many health issues, but so far he has struggled. In fact, Stebe hasnt won a match on the Challenger tour or the main tour since the 2017 Sibiu Challenger. Vesely just made the Wimbledon third round and although the transition back to clay does not always come so easy, hes got the advantage of having played a lot more matches this year than his opponent and clay is the left-handed Czechs favorite surface. Stebe used a protected ranking to get into the event.

The key moments of the thrilling 2019 Wimbledon mens final may still be fresh in the memory, but the tennis calendar will shift now back to the European clay. The Croatia Open in Umag is one of three ATP events this week and should offer plenty of exciting action with a number of excellent clay-courters in the draw. But who will advance on day one?

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Serdarusic got a wildcard to the main draw of the Croatia Open for the third time (2016, 2018) and managed to take advantage by beating Marco Trungelitti to earn his first tour-level win. The home-crowd support is of huge help in these smaller ATP events but its hard to imagine Serdarusic extending his run. Bagnis had to survive a match point in the first round against Martin Klizan and came back from a 2-5 deficit in the third set.