Andreas Seppi (@1.4) vs Roberto Carballes Baena (@3.0)

Our Prediction:

Andreas Seppi will win
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Andreas Seppi – Roberto Carballes Baena Match Prediction | 17-10-2019 05:30

His return game has also impressed so far and he will need to be sharp in that department against Seppi. The Spaniard certainly cant match Seppis experience on indoor hard courts, but he has proven to be surprisingly comfortable indoors for a clay-court specialist. But he should be the fresher of the two physically and in a match with little in it, that could well prove to be decisive. It is not a transition many make with ease, even the great Rafael Nadal struggles indoors, but the unusually slow court surface at the Kremlin Cup may be helping Carballes Baenas cause.

The 17-year-old has reached a high of #54 in the junior rankings, with a win in a junior tournament in Tashkent propelling him into qualifying for the main draw of the Roland Garros juniors. But, this match may have come a few months too early for Kachmazov, although like Andrey Rublev before him, it may well benefit the youngster in the long run. Nonetheless, though it likely wont be straightforward, expect the older Avidzba to progress. Kachmazov won a round on the clay and since then has decided to begin playing in the senior ranks. He impressed in an ITF tournament in Uzbekistan last week, reaching the semifinal of a senior event for the first time.

He was match point down to Juan Ignacio Londero, who has enjoyed an excellent year, in the second set, but saved himself to win 6-7 7-6 6-3. The qualifier Lukas Rosol was another player slightly fortunate to emerge from the first round unscathed. Monte Carlo Masters finalist Dusan Lajovics last win on tour also came against Londero, but that was back in Chengdu in September. Two first-round defeats have followed, so the Serbian, seeded fourth in Moscow, will be keen to get back to winning ways here.

Tennis Scores in Moscow

He is ranked 498th in the world, has played an ATP qualifying match, losing to Facundo Bagnis in Sao Paolo earlier this year and has an ITF title to his name after picking up winning a Futures event in Toulouse in 2018. However, it is Alibek Kachmazov who is arguably the better prospect. The 19-year-old Alen Avidzba is the more experienced of the pair. In what will be both players first match in a main draw ATP event the Russian wildcards Alibek Kachmazov vs Alen Avidzba will meet for a place in the second round.

Cristian Garin had three match points in the second set to knock him out, but the Italian survived. However, his comeback win may well have taken a fair amount out of the 35-year-olds legs. The veteran Andreas Seppi rode his luck in the first round. And this may well prove to be another closely contested affair. But Roberto Carballes Baena had to fight through a three-set battle of his own, beating the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 6-2 4-6 6-3.

There is little to separate their indoor records, with Rosols slight advantage negated by the number of qualifying matches he has played compared with Lajovic. There is a considerable gulf between them in the rankings, with Lajovic just outside the top 30 at world #31 whilst Rosol languishes outside the top 150. But Lajovic is much more at home on clay than on an indoor hard court. Both players possess a strong serve and will rely on that to set themselves up in the rallies. Nonetheless, he is by a distance the more consistent of the two off the ground and that should just give him the edge.

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