The ATP San Diego Open continues in its magnificent setting near the bay at the Barnes Tennis Center. It’s the final ATP event of the year to be hosted in the United States, with many Americans hoping for a strong performance in front of their home crowd in the draw. The field is big and many talented players have a real shot at capturing the title. All six games on a busy Thursday in San Diego will be previewed on Last Word on Tennis.
ATP San Diego day 4 predictions
Pedro Martinez vs Daniel Galan
Head to head: first date
Galan has recently established itself as a serious player on hard courts, having found almost all of his success on clay early in his career. After failing to win a match on either hard-court major, he caused an incredible upset over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of the US Open after several strong hard-court results. Martinez is very talented and number 4 here but has lost his last six games on hard courts. He excels on clay, but unlike Galan, he hasn’t quite figured out hard courts yet. Galan’s lanky build helps him adapt with strong serve and baseline play and be dangerous on faster hard courts. These tools will give him everything he needs to pass Martinez in this match.
Prediction: Galan in 2
Brandon Nakashima versus Denis Kudla
Head to head: 1-1
Kudla will seek revenge after a 6-1, 6-1 win over Nakashima in Delray Beach earlier this year. Both players will try to get out of a difficult period lately as neither of them has won many games on hard courts lately. Both players have similar types of powerful shots that make them difficult to play against on faster courses. Nakashima has excelled on big stages despite being young and capable of dropping games he should be winning. Kudla has done well at the Challenger level but hasn’t had great results on the Main Tour. The stylistic similarities to Kudla kept Kudla hooked for a while, but Nakashima is too talented and will retire late.
Prediction: Nakashima in 3
Dan Evans vs. Taro Daniel
Head to head: 2-2
While they have met four times in the past, only one of those matches has happened since 2015 and it was three years ago. Evans has played solid tennis in recent years since his suspension and has a good all-around game that makes him a tough matchup on any surface. Daniel has played well in qualifying this year despite struggling to beat the top players. Evans has also struggled to get over the hump against top-20 opponents but has won enough to remain top-ranked. Daniel can be dangerous with his power but hasn’t been able to push through tough opponents lately. Evans will be a difficult matchup as his elite defense is able to quell most of the tools Daniel will throw at him. Evans should start strong and end up winning the match with ease.
Prediction: Evans in 2
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