O'Connell vs Sinner: is Jannik ready for the tournament?
On July 29, Christopher O'Connell and Jannik Sinner face off in the second round of the Atlanta Open. Who will be the winner of this confrontation? We have made a prediction for this match, which you can find below.
O'Connell has already played three matches at the current tournament. The Australian tennis player first went through the qualifying, where he defeated Yosuke Watanuki in the first round (7-5, 6-4), and passed Sebastian Ofner in the second.
As for the main draw of the tournament, O'Connell went against Denis Kudla and won a strong-willed victory in three sets with a score of 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Sinner was out of sight for some time. Jannik last appeared on court in an official match at the end of June. It was at Wimbledon, where Sinner lost to Marton Fucsovics in four sets in the first round (7-5, 3-6, 5-7, 3-6).
At the moment we are not sure whether the Italian tennis player is in good form and how long he will be able to stay in the competition. The lack of practice is quite a big disadvantage.
Sinner has played 2 tie-breaks in the last 5 matches.
More than 9.5 games were played in the first set in 3 of O'Connell's last 5 matches.
Sinner spent a whole month without proper playing practice. Jannik last appeared on court in an official game at Wimbledon. The transition to a new surface is always a difficult process, so we believe that O'Connell has a chance to win at least one set.
Our prediction - O'Connell to win with a handicap of (+4) games.
Prediction: Handicap (+4) to O'Connell
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Sinner's return to the courts won't be easy. A switch to a different surface is hard enough even with proper game practice. We believe that Sinner won't be able to control the upcoming match.
It should be a close fight, so we suggest playing the total over 21 games.