With Wimbledon done and dusted and most of the major clay court tournaments behind us, the ATP Tour shifts to the American hard court swing. world #1 Daniel Medvedev returns to the pitch here in Los Cabos and is undeniably the favorite for the trophy. The Russian has not played a competitive game for over a month but is arguably the best hard court player in men’s football. Joining him in the pursuit of the title are Cameron Norrie and Felix Auger-Aliassime. Quentin Halys is the one though only seeds in action on monday about the four games to be played. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how these four games should play out in our ATP Los Cabos Day 1 predictions.
ATP Los Cabos Predictions for Day 1
Rodrigo Pacheco Mendez vs Rinky Hijikata
Head to Head: 1 – 0 Hijikata
Rodrigo Pacheco Mendez has a wildcard and thus a real chance to make a statement on the ATP Tour. He meets Rinky Hijikata in the first round. Hijikata has been making waves at the ITF level over the past 12 months. The Australian has won six track titles in that time. He has yet to show he can perform consistently at a higher level, but at 21 the Australian has plenty of time to change that. This match is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these two men. I expect Hijikata’s experience will be a bigger factor than Mendez, who has the home crowd on his side in this game. Hijikata’s straight-set win at their meeting earlier this year also seems to point towards that, so I’m backing the Australian here.
Prediction: Hijikata in 3
Henri Laaksonen versus Max Purcell
Head to Head: First meeting
Henri Laaksonen is the slight favorite for this win based on skill alone. The Swiss was not in top form in 2022. However, for the last four or five years he has been in and around the top 100. In contrast, Purcell has only finished a year in the top 200 in men’s tennis once. The Australian will like this match being played on hard courts as this is his preferred surface. Laaksonen is no slouch on the surface, however, and has multiple Challenger Tour titles to his name on hard courts. Expect the Swiss Purcell to prove too much in this case.
Prognosis: Laaksonen in 2nd
Nick Chappell vs. Chun-Hsin Tseng
Head to Head: First meeting
This is a simple call. Chun Hsin Tseng won the youth Wimbledon and French Open 2018 and many had touted him for big things on the ATP Tour. It took a few years to get off the ground, but Tseng is now in the top 100 in the world. The former junior No. 1 will look to continue that upward trend with a good run in Los Cabos. His opponent, Nick Chappell, has never finished a year lower than #374. The American also has no singles titles at ITF level or higher. So it’s fair to say that Tseng is a notch above Chappell here and that should be reflected in a one-sided affair next Monday.
Prognosis: Tseng in 2
Ricardas Berankis vs. Quentin Halys
Head to head:
The headline game on Monday should be a cracking affair. Ricardas Berankis is a top notch hard court player who has had a decent career. He has previously finished a calendar year in the top 100 six times in his career. The Lithuanian also has 13 Contenders titles to his name. Ten of those came on hard, so he can never be taken lightly on this surface. In Halys he meets a rising star on the ATP Tour. The Frenchman has climbed 130 ranking spots since the end of 2020 and is one impressive 27-9 on hard courts this year. This one should go the distance, with Halys’ form in 2022 taking him across the finish line in third.
Prognosis: Halys in 3
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