ATP Madrid Matchday One Predictions Including Krajinovic vs Isner

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The Madrid Open ATP kicks off with three intriguing first-round matches on day one. The six players in action will no doubt be determined to book their place in the second round and get some valuable match practice under their belt ahead of Roland Garros. But who will advance?

Predictions ATP Madrid Day 1

Lorenzo Sonego vs. Jack Draper

Face-to-face: first meeting

Unsurprisingly, Lorenzo Sonego is the heavy favorite going into this game. The Italian hasn’t had a particularly impressive season by the high standards he has set for himself in recent years, winning just 10 of his first 21 matches, but he is in the top 30 for a reason. Jack Draper, meanwhile, got a valuable chance to test his clay-court game after receiving a wild card. But there is little in the Briton’s game to suggest he can pull off the upset here. If the conditions were more favorable, Draper might have a chance, but on European clay, Sonego should have too much of a half.

Prediction: Sonego in 2
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Dan Evans vs. Federico Delbonis

Face-to-face: Evans 1-0 Delbonis

Dan Evans won the pair’s only previous meeting comfortably enough three years ago at Wimbledon, but Federico Delbonis should offer a little more resistance on clay in Madrid. The Briton has struggled so far on clay in 2022, losing in the second round in Monte Carlo and in his opener in Barcelona and Munich. Delbonis didn’t do much better, but the Argentinian is more comfortable on the clay than Evans. If he can keep Evans engaged in grassroots rallies and prevent the Briton from playing on the front foot, expect Delbonis to have had enough here.

Prediction: Delbonis in 3
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Filip Krajinovic v John Isner

Face-to-face: Isner 2-1 Krajinovic

John Isner isn’t known for his clay-court prowess, but maybe he should be. The surface suits his style of play, giving him plenty of time to unload his heavy groundstrokes while the high altitude in Madrid assures him a nice reward for his powerful serve. Filip Krajinovic is also well equipped to succeed on clay, albeit for very different reasons, but the Serb has been mediocre so far this season. It’s not a game that suits his reactive style of play either, as evidenced by Isner’s straight-set victory at Roland Garros last season. Expect the American to come out strong again here.

Prediction: Isner in 2

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