Day 3 at the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati will feature plenty of exciting action including World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev who will try to recover after losing his opening game in Canada to Nick Kyrgios last week. There will also be 2016 champion Marin Cilic and this year’s Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz.
ATP Cincinnati Day 3 Predictions
Taylor Fritz versus Sebastian Baez
Head to head: first date
On clay, this could be a very intriguing matchup, but on Cincinnati’s fast hard courts it should be a total mismatch in favor of Fritz. The American will be badly disappointed with the way he lost to Daniel Evans last week when he had a very good shot at chasing the title and will look to make amends at home this week. This first lap should not cause him many problems.
Forecast: Fritz in the 2
Aslan Karatsev versus Diego Schwartzman
Head to head: Karatsev 2-0 Schwartzman
One could argue that Karatsev has announced itself returned to the tennis world with his dominant win in straight sets over Schwartzman Australian Open in 2021. Months later he beat the Argentine again in the Madrid sand. However, his 2022 season was nowhere near the level he showed last year and he actually came into this tournament after four consecutive losses before beating Nakashima in his opener here. Schwartzman isn’t having a great season either, but he’s generally the more solid and consistent player of the two.
Forecast: Schwartzmann in the 3rd
Marin Cilic versus Emil Ruusuvuori
Head to head: Cilic 1-0 Ruusuvuori
Cilic appears to be enjoying a small resurgence this year, culminating so far with a Slam semi-final Roland Garros. He couldn’t play Wimbledon lost to Tommy Paul due to COVID and last 16 in Canada but this is a tournament where he tends to play well, it is actually the venue where he won the only Masters 1000 tournament of his career and Andy Murray defeated in the 2016 final. He should be the clear winner in this duel.
Forecast: Cili in the 2nd
Daniil Medvedev versus Botic Van de Zandschlup
Head to head: Medvedev 2-0 Van de Zandschlup
Both previous matchups were comfortable Medvedev wins in hard-court slams and there’s no reason to think tomorrow will be any different. After his early defeat in Canada, Medvedev is under real pressure here as an early loss could see him lose his World No. 1 ranking to Rafael Nadal. Van de Zandschlup really shouldn’t have enough trouble here though.
Forecast: Medvedev in the 2nd
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