The Uruguayan has never won at ATP 500 title before, but has had success on the clay winning the title in Istanbul. This match started last night, with the Uruguayan getting off to a quick start and a 3-0 lead before rain curtailed the days play. Both players favourte surface is clay and this should end up being a tight three setter. Schwartzman is the defending champion and with many of the seeds being knocked out in the opening round, he will fancy his chances of defending his title.
ATP Rio Open Match Predictions
Since capturing the title at Queens last year, Marin Cilics season completely deteriorated. He battled a troublesome knee injury during the Australian Open earlier in January, which subsequently played a part in his terrible run of form ever since. He suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Guido Pella at Wimbledon in the second round where he surrendered a two-set lead. Cilic would qualify for the season-ending ATP finals for the fourth time in five seasons at the back end of last year, but in fairness he is yet to come to terms with that loss to the Argentinean.
The Russian reached his first Masters 1000 semifinal in Monte Carlo before finishing runner-up in Barcelona a week later. Daniil Medvedev had the most wins of any player on tour in 2019 at the start of European clay swing. But since that fantastic run in Barcelona, Medvedev has not won a match, losing in the opening round of his next four tournaments, including last weeks Stuttgart Open.
The key to this match will be the Norrie first serve. Even though he won comfortably, he won less than 50% of points on his second serve. Both players enjoyed straight sets victories in their opening matches, with Norrie recording an impressive 6-2 6-1 win over Dusan Lajovic.The young Spaniard produced a fine performance of his own, beating experience Argentine Leonardo Mayer. With Munar possessing the more powerful forehand, he will be able to punish it effectively.
C. Garin vs C. Norrie Odds
The young Chilean was on the cusp of reaching the Rosmalen semifinals after failing to convert a match point in his defeat to Borna Coric. Cilic usually fares well on grass with his booming serve and powerful forehand being major weapons on the slick lawns. But Garin has been in better form coming to the grass court season.
His opponent, Cameron Norrie, will be among four Brits in action in singles competition this week. He reached the quarterfinals on the grass of Eastbourne and made his first ATP final on the hard courts of Auckland this year. With Anderson just coming back from a lengthy absence, this is invariably a dicey propositionparticularly when you consider he lost in the first round at Queens last year to Leonardo Mayer. Norrie does have a penchant for grass and fast surfaces.
Young Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime recorded the most impressive victory of his career in defeating Fabio Fognini in the opening round, and he is showing the tennis world of his bright future in the game. With the draw now opening up, he has a great chance to have the most successful week of his career so far and pick up a lot of ranking points. With three Challenger title wins in 2018, Garin will relish the opportunity to have success at Tour level. The same can be said for the Chilean, who has had success on clay in the past winning the 2013 junior Roland Garros title.
Tiafoe will hope to keep up his good form on grass as he opens up against French veteran Nicolas Mahut, whom at the age of 37 came through two grueling qualifying matches against Nicolas Jarry and Davidovich Fokina. At Wimbledon, the 21-year-old reached the third round, where he lost Khachanov while holding a 2-0 set lead. Frances Tiafoe has a decent record on grass. It was a slight improvement from his second-round achievement in 2017. The American won his first main draw match at Queens last year and went on to reach the quarterfinals.