Alexey Vatutin vs Pablo Andujar is our tennis picks for today – 70% probability to win.
This is the first meeting between these two players. Andujar has got massive experience on his side (career clay w/l- PA- 405/257, AV- 193/109) but his fitness will play a major role in deciding the outcome of this match as anything less than 100% (fitness condition), Vatutin should be able to punish the Spaniard.
Alexey Vatutin Tennis Prediction
Alexey Vatutin showcased his ability on clay with a stunning second-round victory over the top seed and seasoned clay courter, Albert Ramos Vinolas, in straight sets, 7-6 6-2. Ramos twice made a comeback in the first set, but the Russian kept his calm and showed a lot of maturity before bagging the set in the tiebreaker.
This is the Russian’s fourth win of the week, including his two wins in the qualifying stages. It was the second time he has won four matches in a row this season, having previously won four matches and made the semifinal at the Quimper Challenger (Indoor Hard, lost to Quentin Halys).
Pablo Andujar will be Vatutin’s second consecutive and third Spanish opponent of the week. He defeated Ramos in the second round and Enrique Lopez Perez in the qualifying round (QR1). The World #160 also defeated Alex de Minaur in QR2, who is also a Spanish resident.
Alexey Vatutin, who could not win a main draw match on tour before this week, will now play his maiden quarterfinal at this level. He made six quarterfinal appearances in the Challenger events last season and could win just two of them, at Tampere Challenger (clay) and Poznan Challenger (clay).
Pablo Andujar Prediction
Pablo Andujar extended his winning run to seven matches with a dominant straight sets win over Andrea Arnaboldi in the second round, 6-0 6-2. He is yet to drop a set this week having previously defeated the lucky loser, Ilya Ivashka, in straight sets.
The Spaniard won his first title since ATP Gstaad 2014 at the Alicante Challenger last week, where he played five matches including three three-setters. This is the first time in nearly three years, Andujar has managed to play seven consecutive matches, let alone winning them.
Pablo Andujar, the winner of three clay tour titles, last made a quarterfinal appearance at this level in Gstaad 2015, where he lost to Thomaz Bellucci in three sets. Since 2015, he has played only 36 matches in the following three seasons (including 2018), due to multiple injuries.
Tennis Prediction : Pablo Andujar