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ATP Washington Day 2 Predictions Including Kyrgios vs Giron

Day 2 of the ATP 500 event in Washington will be packed with action, including top 10 player Andrey Rublev, last year’s finalist Mackenzie McDonald and 2019 champion and youngest Wimbledon Finalist Nick Kyrgios. As usual, Washington has a pretty strong draw for an ATP 500 tournament and we should have a very exciting week of tennis ahead of us. We predict every game on the schedule, broken down into three articles. The other two items are marked David Goffin vs Jack Sock and Kyle Edmund vs. Daniel Evans.

ATP Washington day 2 predictions

Andrey Rublev vs Jack Draper

Head to head: Rublev 1-0 Draper

Rublev may have had a disappointing season given the expectations but he is still No. 7 in the race with very solid results. Also, while he’s struggled at Slams (never progressed past the quarterfinals) and even Masters 1000 (yet not winning a title), his career so far has been dominant at ATP 500 level, with five of his 11 career titles coming at that level (and two more finals), including one this year in Dubai. Extremely efficient at beating lower ranked players at this level, Rublev should be able to come through here and maybe aim for an ATP 500 trophy in his 6th career.
Prediction: Rublev in 2

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Mackenzie McDonald vs. Emil Ruusuvuori

Head to head: McDonald 1-1 Ruusuvuori

Mackenzie McDonald had the best week of his career at the tournament last year; He reached his only final so far and came very close to beating Jannik Sinner for the title. He hasn’t been able to confirm that result yet, so if he doesn’t get a deep run this week he faces a big drop in the rankings. Ruusuvuori is a very similar player, four years younger but also with only one ATP level final and no title to his name and they are only separated by two places in the rankings. It was going to be a close game but it seems likely McDonald will have the edge at this venue.
Forecast: McDonald’s on the 2nd

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Nick Kyrgios vs Marcos Giron

Head to head: first date

Kyrgios was due to return for the tour post-Wimbledon final in Atlanta last week but he pulled out so he’ll finally be making his comeback here in Washington. It will be interesting to see how he handles the transition from the sport’s biggest stage to the first round of a much smaller tournament. If he can stay focused he should have too much for Giron, but if not Giron is more than solid enough to take advantage of an unpredictable Kyrgios. It’s safe to say that the outcome of this game will depend heavily on the level and focus Kyrgios can bring to the pitch.
Forecast: Kyrgios in the 3rd

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