Holger Rune in action ahead of the ATP Montreal Masters 1000.

ATP Montreal day 1 predictions including Rune vs Fognini

The ATP Tour travels to Canada for the ATP Montreal Masters 1000. The event is packed with the best players in the world preparing for the final slam of the year. Day one features a range of exciting matches and as always, here at LWOT we provide our previews and predictions for every match on the board including Andy Murray vs. Taylor Fritz and Denis Shapovalov vs Alex de Minaur. But who is going ahead?

ATP Montreal day 1 predictions

Alex Molcan vs. Mackenzie McDonald

Head to head: first date

World No. 39 Alex Molcan and World No. 48 Mackenzie McDonald both have career-high finishes and were direct entrants into this 56-strong field. Apart from that, McDonald hasn’t won games in a row since Roland Garros. Molcan, on the other hand, reached the semi-finals in Hamburg last month. I think McDonald’s the better hard court player but his recent poor form is hard to ignore. I think the Slovakian’s consistency will help him reach the finish line.

Forecast: Molcan in the 3rd
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Hugo Gaston vs Jack Draper

Head to head: first date

Having both completed two qualifying Gs, 21-year-old Hugo Gaston and 20-year-old Jack Draper will face off for the first time. None of the next-gen players have been a big factor on the tour this season, making this first-round game all the more meaningful. The Frenchman prefers clay and is only 8-19 on hard courts in his Tour career. Although Draper hasn’t found much success at the tour level, he has won his seven Challenger/ITF titles on hard courts, including four this season. Draper has a chance to be the next great British male player and I think he will get his first Masters win in Montreal.

Forecast: cloth maker in the 3
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Marcos Giron versus Roberto Bautista Agut

Head to head: first date

Qualifier Marcos Giron and 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut will meet for the first time in Montreal for high stakes. The 34-year-old Spaniard is enjoying a renaissance season. The consistency of Bautista Agut, who holds a 27-11 record with titles in Doha and Kitzbuhel, has caused extreme problems for his opponents. Giron, on the other hand, is in a big slump. Before his two qualifier wins in Montreal, the 29-year-old American had won just three of his last 12 games. I think the veteran’s consistency and form will be too much for Giron.

Forecast: Bautista Agut in the 3rd
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Holger Rune vs. Fabio Fognini

Head to head: first date

19-year-old Holger Rune makes his Montreal debut against 35-year-old qualifier Fabio Fognini. This is Fognini’s eleventh appearance at the Canadian Open, with his best result being a quarterfinal appearance in 2019. The Italian’s age has shown this season but his second-round qualifier victory over in-form Daniel Altmaier was a welcome sight. Rune, currently No. 26 in the world, is only 6-6 on hard courts this season. Since his quarter-final run at Roland Garros, he has only been in 1st to 8th place overall. Still, most young players are mixed and eventually he’ll find his former form. I see him scoring a win over Fognini in a most likely animated match.

Forecast: rune in the 3rd

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