Mallorca predictions for the third day of the ATP including Nick Kyrgios vs Laszlo Djerre

Players continue to hone their skills on the grass in preparation for Wimbledon, and the greens have so far been without a shortage of surprises. Mallorca features world number one Daniil Medvedev who is looking to retain his title, after winning last year’s first ATP grasscourt tournament in Spain, hosted here on Rafael Nadal’s home island. The Mud King is absent, but Nick Kyrgios’ height looks like a threat, while Medvedev himself is in great shape after reaching back-to-back turf finals. Who will move on to the second round?

ATP Mallorca forecast for the third day

Boutique Van de Zandschulp vs Marcos Giron

Head to head: Giron 1-0

These two players are slowly moving in opposite directions. Van de Zandschulp continues his sometimes slow climb in the rankings, but he does so relentlessly. On the other hand, Giron has not scored a win since his fine showing in Rome a month ago. Both are severely inexperienced on turf, but Van de Zandschulp performed slightly better. Jeron beat the only (hard) H2H, but was in the midst of the Dutchman’s massive rush in the rankings last year, van de Zandschulp continued his climb (to his career high currently ranked 26) while Jeron didn’t move forward. Jeron is almost exclusively a hard court player, while Botic split his time between hardcourt and mud. This balance speaks better about adapting to an unfamiliar surface, and the Dutchman has the momentum right now.
Prediction: Van de Zandschulp in 3

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Dusan Lajovic vs Daniel Altmaier

Head-to-head: Altmeier 1-0

After early season struggles, Altmeier slipped back into the Challenge Tour. He did well there, but since his return to the ATP competition he has yet to win a match. In fact, his 64th ranking appears high in the middle of his season, which is 3-14. Lajovic could achieve a fairly high level, as evidenced by his many good victories this year, most notably against Casper Rudd on clay. However, he is not consistent, and his overall record this year is slightly better than that of Altmeier. His record in the grass is an even order (5-14). There aren’t enough stats to make a proper selection here, so we’ll go with the Serb’s top-level wins this year.
Prediction: Lajovic at 3

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Sebastian Baez vs Jordan Thompson

Face to face: first meeting

Bayes is as green as the grass he will play on, as he is ready to debut on the surface. What at first glance appears to be a favorable competition turns into rapid corruption upon closer examination. Jordan Thompson isn’t a rookie player like Baez, but he is a competent weed player. He doesn’t have ATP matches on the rooftop this year, but in his friendlies period with Mallorca, he scored a 9-1 title in two of the competitors on grass. This included a win over the vaunted Dennis Kudla, who has a solid reputation on the lawn and whose numbers on the roof are almost identical to Thompson’s. This is not a good match for Baez on his debut on the grass, and Thompson must use his experience to thwart his young opponent.
Prediction: Thompson at 2

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Nick Kyrgios vs. Laszlo Djeri

Face to face: first meeting

Nick Kyrgios rolls over. He has reached the semi-finals of his last three tournaments, this year beating Casper Rudd, Andrey Rublev, Pablo Carreno Busta and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Grass suits him perfectly, but not so does his opponent, who strongly prefers clay on all surfaces. That’s a poor draw for Jerry, who is going through a mediocre season overall. Kyrgios is not only playing well at the moment, but tends to handle early opponents with ease (the problem of playing continues until the later stages of the tournaments). This is one of the few grasscourt matches that I feel confident picking up the two.
Prediction: Kyrgios at 2

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