Day 2 at the ATP Masters 1000 National Bank Open in Montreal features an absolutely packed schedule of matches that will keep both casual and die-hard tennis fans entertained. A fourth round of the 21 games is scheduled to be played on Tuesday Australian Open The rematch between Matteo Berrettini and Pablo Carreno should be kept in mind. At LWOT we have the coverage of this game as well as all other happenings around the Montreal ground. We’ve broken down the 16 new games of the day (there are some holdovers from Monday too) into four articles. In addition to this, the other items are included Nick Kyrgios vs Sebastian Baez, Hubert Hurkacz vs Emil Ruusuvuoriand Fabio Fognini versus Holger Rune. But who is going ahead?
ATP Montreal day 2 predictions
Grigor Dimitrov versus Alexis Galarneau
Head to Head: first meeting
#15 seeded Grigor Dimitrov takes on Canadian wildcard Alexis Galarneau in Round 1 of the National Bank Open. Dimitrov, who has only won two games since Roland Garros, is trying to fix the ship on his favorite surface. He has a great chance to do so against the current world No. 237. Galarneau, who I saw in person at the Sarasota Challenger in April, makes his tour-level singles debut on Monday. North Carolina State University’s product has never beaten a top 100 player. Dimitrov should roll.
Forecast: Dimitrov in the 2
Frances Tiafoe vs. Benjamin Bonzi
Head to Head: Tiafoe 2-0 Bonzi
Frances Tiafoe and Benjamin Bonzi meet for the second time this season after the American defeated the Frenchman 7-5 7-5 7-6 at Roland Garros. Although Tiafoe won this match in straight sets, not much separates these two in their current form. I was impressed with how Tiafoe looked in Washington, bowing out to eventual champion Nick Kyrgios in the quarterfinals after having five match points in the second set. Tiafoe seems to play his best tennis in big events, and the Masters 1000 Canadian Open certainly fits that mold. I see the American moving forward in a hard-fought three-set fight.
Forecast: Tiafoe in the 3rd
David Goffin vs Albert Ramos Vinolas
Head-to-head: Goffin 1-0 Ramos-Vinolas
Wild card David Goffin and Albert Ramos-Vinolas will face off in a late night match at Court 5 in Montreal. On a loaded day of tennis, don’t look beyond this veteran fight. Both players prefer clay as their favorite surface, making for an interesting duel on Montreal’s hard courts. Goffin is on the surface 5-9 this season while Ramos-Vinolas is yet to win a hard-court game in two tries. After a slow start to his season, the Goffin completed a Round 3 run at Roland Garros and a quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon to find some form. I like it when he continues like this, especially against the Spaniard who holds a career record of 69-120 on hard.
Forecast: Goffin in the 2nd
Matteo Berrettini vs. Pablo Carreno Busta
Head-to-head: Berrettini 1-0 Carreno Busta
2022 has been a pretty tumultuous year for 26-year-old Matteo Berrettini. An injury to his right hand put him out for almost three months and a positive COVID-19 test kept him from doing so Wimbledon. However, when he has been on the pitch this season, the Italian holds a record of 21-7. Pablo Carreno Busta achieved one of these victories in the fourth round of the Australian Open. The 31-year-old Spaniard has had some ups and downs this season but all his struggles have come on the court. Berrettini has been 12-1 since returning from right hand surgery in June and is poised for a phenomenal hard-court swing. I see him defeat Carreno Busta in straight sets.
Forecast: Berretini in the 2nd
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