ATP Montreal day 3 predictions

Once again there are plenty of opportunities for the next generation of tennis stars with the ‘Big Two’ ATP Montreal absent this year. Before I get attacked by the Roger Federer fans, he can get his place back if he returns to a tennis court. Until then we have a “Big Two”. As always, here at LWOT we will be offering our predictions for every game on the schedule, including Daniil Medvedev vs Nick Kyrgios, Casper Ruud versus Alex Molcan and Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Yoshihito Nishioka. But who is going ahead?

ATP Montreal day 3 predictions

Gael Monfils vs Maxime Cressy

Head to Head: First meeting

That’s hard to call. Maxime Cressy is in great shape and has had a fantastic year. He recently won a title at Newport and is one of the standouts of 2022. However, his success on hard has not been quite as prolific as his game on grass. Equally important to hedging your bets on the American is the man opposite him. Gael Monfils played in his first round win for the first time since May. For most, a lack of form and matches is a problem. However, the Frenchman is the kind of player who can turn it on at any time. When he’s fit and his game works, he can beat almost anyone. It’s been a while since we’ve had a Monfils extravaganza and this one has what it takes. I support the French to put on a show here.

Prediction: Monfils in 3

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Holger Rune vs. Pablo Carreno Busta

Head to Head: 2 – 0 Carreno Busta

These two have met twice since the beginning of last year. Both times the calm head and the consistent game of Pablo Carreno Busta got the job done. Holger Rune arguably has a higher ceiling, but his emotions get the better of him and he often finds himself guilty of overdoing it. Carreno-Busta is a very good player on all surfaces and rarely loses a match himself. If Rune wants to win here, he has to be aggressive again. What will make the difference is whether he can control that aggression and unleash it at the right time. Something tells me he will have learned from their previous encounters. Rune wins here.

Prediction: Rune in 3rd

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Jannik Sinner versus Adrian Mannarino

Head to Head: 1 – 0 sinners

Jannik sinner is only twenty years old. It says a lot about his talent that most see him as an elite talent on tour who they expect will win more often than not. The Italian has shown he can take on the very best already six ATP titles, it might just be a matter of time before he starts earning bigger trophies. Adrian Mannarino is a tricky opponent who redirects forces well. However, it’s hard to imagine that he could live with Sinner’s groundstrokes long enough to win two sets. If Sinner serves at a decent clip, he should win that one easily enough.

Prophecy: sinners in 2

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Andrey Rublev vs Daniel Evans

Head-to-head: 4 – 3 rublevs

These two have been part of some epic encounters over the past few years. Daniel Evans’ Courtcraft is the perfect antidote to Rublev’s bludgeoning. The Russian often finds himself guilty of not having a plan B when murdering every ball in his sights doesn’t work out for him. Other than that, his point build has improved massively and he’s a legitimate top 5 player. The next step for him is a bigger tournament win several ATP 500 titles to his name beautiful. ATP Montreal without Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal is a perfect opportunity. He’ll likely face stiff resistance throughout, but I expect Rublev will at least make the Quarters here and that means Evans will have to fall by the wayside in this game.

Prediction: Rublev in 3
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