ATP Los Cabos Day 2 Predictions

Thanasi Kokkinakis Looks continues his feel-good comeback story as he goes to court in Los Cabos on Tuesday. The Australian is No. 7 in this tournament, which is an achievement in itself given his injury history in recent years. On Day 2 he will be joined by Steve Johnson and Fernando Verdasco. None of the players presented on Tuesday are considered contenders for the title. Given the skill of the four top seeds at this tournament, that’s no surprise. However, tennis is a wonderful sport and an amazing sad story is never far away. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the four games in this series of predictions for Day 2 of ATP Los Cabos. For the other four games taking place on Tuesday, Check out our first predictions.

ATP Los Cabos Day 2 Predictions

Tom’s Etcheverry vs. Jason Kubler

Head to Head: 1-0 Etcheverry

Tomas Etcheverry seems to be in the odd position of being seeded and still being an underdog in a match. That’s because the Argentine has only played seven hard-court games since the start of last year. In contrast, Jason Kubler has played 57 such games and won 37 of those contests. Etcheverry won their meeting in the Australian Open qualifiers earlier this year. However, the Aussie is clearly the more accomplished player on hard courts and I like his chances to avenge that result here in Los Cabos.

Prognosis: Kübler in the 2nd

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Gonzalo Villanueva vs. Steve Johnson

Head to Head: First meeting

A strong first half brings Steve Johnson back into the men’s top 100 ahead of the end of 2022. The American has been a solid player throughout his career without ever rising to any particularly special heights. Nonetheless, he’s a tough opponent on his day and can cause problems for anyone when he’s in shape. Gonzalo Villanueva needs something special to come away with a surprise win here and I don’t like his chances at all. Johnson isn’t an elite hard-court player, but on the surface he’s certainly more successful than the Argentine. Support the American to win.

Prognosis: Johnson in 3rd place

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John Millman vs. Alex Hernandez

Head to head:

Alex Hernandez is the second local to receive a wildcard for this event. However, at 23 and ranked 521 in the world, one has to wonder if he deserves it. Nevertheless, it is a great opportunity to collect valuable points in your home country. Unfortunately, I suspect that if he meets John Millman in the first round, it’s an opportunity he won’t take. The Australian is fighting back to a respectable year after struggling heavily in the early stages of 2022. He’s a fierce competitor who has done a very good job in the past, winning games he should win against weaker opponents. He should do the same here and take a relatively easy win to go on to the next round.

Prediction: Millman in 2

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Thanasi Kokkinakis vs. Fernando Verdasco

Head-to-head: 2-0 Verdasco

Verdasco’s remaining days on the ATP Tour are numbered. The Spaniard is 38 years old and has long passed the zenith of his skills. That being said, the The Spaniard has shown signs of life in 2022 and may be looking for another fairytale run to hang his racquet on. That run is unlikely to come in Los Cabos, however, as he meets a determined Kokkinakis in the first round. The Australian is finally playing the tennis that many expected of him years ago, before his career was stunted by injuries. He raised his first ATP title this year and is an impressive 16-7 on hard in 2022. He’s the better player in better form and the result in this game will likely reflect that.

Prediction: Kokkinakis in 2

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