Diego Schwartzman in action at the ATP Montreal Masters 1000.

ATP Montreal Day 1 Predictions Including Murray vs Fritz

The ATP Tour travels to Canada for the ATP Montreal Masters 1000. The event is filled with the best players in the world preparing for the final slam of the year. Day one features a series of celebratory matchups and as always, here at LWOT we provide our previews and predictions for each match on the board, including Holger Rune vs. Fabio Fognini and Denis Shapovalov vs Alex de Minaur. But who is going ahead?

ATP Montreal day 1 predictions

Francisco Cerundolo versus Karen Khachanov

Head to head: first date

At number 25 and 24 in the world rankings, not much separates Francisco Cerundolo and Karen Khachanov. Cerundolo, a clay-court player, has had an interesting hard-court swing this season. The 23-year-old had an incredible run in the semifinals at the Miami Masters but is only 2-4 in other hard-court tournaments. Khachanov, on the other hand, prefers hard courts and has had some good results in North America in the past. With Cerundolo’s current form and Khachanov’s penchant for the fast surface, not much separates these two. I slightly prefer Cerundolo who has played with great confidence this season.

Forecast: Cerundolo in the 3rd
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Andy Murray vs. Taylor Fritz

Head to head: first date

In one of the first round matchups, former world No. 1 Andy Murray meets currently best American Taylor Fritz. Murray, who has had a strong grass season, is looking to bring some momentum to New York later this month. With that in mind, Fritz is a very tough first-round draw for the Brit. Although Fritz had to retire in the third set of his round of 16 match in Washington, I still expect the American to have a very strong hard court swing in the summer. I see Fritz’s consistency and power as the winner in what I expect to be a very entertaining three set match.

Forecast: Fritz im 3
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Diego Schwartzman vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina

Head to head: Schwartzman 3-0 Davidovich Fokina

12-seeded Diego Schwartzman and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina meet for the fourth time but for the first time since 2020. The Argentine has easily dealt with the young Spaniard in all of their previous three encounters. Both players prefer clay, but Schwartzman, unlike Davidovich Fokina, has shown he can be a force on hard courts. Until the 23-year-old Spaniard proves he can be a high-level hard court player, I will play him.

Forecast: Schwartzmann in the 2nd

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