Grigor Dimitrov in action at the ATP Monte Carlo Masters.

ATP Cincinnati Day 2 predictions including Shapovalov vs. Dimitrov

Once again we’re treated to some absurdly good first-round games at a North American hard-court Masters 1000. A number of top ATP players begin their Cincinnati campaigns on Monday, and we’ll be making our predictions on who will march ahead. As always, we predict all the games of the day. In addition to this article, we have three more on this day. A feature Sebastian Korda vs Karen Khachanovthe second headline Andy Murray vs Stan Wawrinkaand the third function Matteo Berrettini vs Frances Tiafoe. So who will be in shape on Day 2 of Cincinnati?

ATP Cincinnati Day 2 Predictions

Alex Molcan versus Diego Schwartzman

Head to head: Schwartzman 1-0

An exciting fight on the first day. Schwartzman is in an interesting place right now. his win Davidovich Fokina last week in Montreal was stunning – fighting as usual 0-3, 15-40 into the wee hours and finding a way to win in typical “El Peque” fashion. Still, he went to Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets afterwards, showing he’s not where he should be at the moment.

Molcan is showing great promise at the moment and I have no doubt he is set for a bright future. Normally, Diego is a great match for left-handers. He destroyed Nadal in Rome 2020 and took several sets from him at the French Open – and has a great record against lefties overall. Unfortunately Diego these days is constantly oscillating between great and shockingly bad performances – whether that’s a coaching or confidence issue I’m not sure at the moment. Still – Schwartzman still often beats players he should for a reason and while he’s not in great form he should come through here – although it will be a tough test against a tough opponent.
Prediction: Schwartzman in 3

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Cameron Norrie vs. Holger Rune

Head to Head: Norrie 1-0

This is one of the games that Sounds incredibly interesting. Realistically, Cam Norrie is one of the best tennis players in the world and no doubt that will ever change. Rune has been poor since beating Tsitsipas in Paris and a few wins here and there aren’t convincing enough to tell me he has a chance here.

Norrie is more solid than most on tour. He’s improved his fitness, his game and everything – and I don’t see how Rune can keep up. Beating through Norrie seems reserved for the top 5 these days – and Rune just isn’t good enough for the Brit’s fitness and athleticism at the moment, let alone being a brilliant marksman too. Norrie is a league above Rune at the moment and he should try to complete this challenge as soon as possible.
Prediction: Norrie in 2

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Denis Shapovalov vs Grigor Dimitrov

Head to head: Dimitrov 2 – 1

Can you get a first round with more blockbusters than this? One of the fighting players of the “lost gen‘ plays an out-of-shape NextGen superstar. Both are absolutely explosive, but can equally produce a depressing amount of mistakes considering how good they both are. It’s difficult for many tennis fans as I’m sure many will be cheering for both players depending on how good they are can be.

It’s really that hard to call this one. Shapovalov showed signs of his best in Montreal while Dimitrov feels he can win a Masers 1000 one day but lose in the first round of an ATP 250 the next. I think I need to support Dimitrov right here – although he is unpredictable, his game has more room for error than Shapovalov – whose high-risk game is more of a strain than the Bulgarian’s.
Prediction: Dimitrov in 3

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