Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Kevin Anderson
|Date & Time||Monday October 22, 2018, 11:30 AM (EDT)|
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Kevin Anderson will play Nikoloz Basilashvili in the opening round of the 2018 ATP Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Austria.
Nikoloz Basilashvili has been in exceptional form over the past few months he won the ATP China Open earlier in the months. It has been well established that Nikoloz Basilashvili is an exceptional server and the Georgian proved that in the China Open as he only lost 6 service games in the entire tournament. It was impressive watching Nikoloz Basilashvili serve in the final as he prevented world number 4, Juan Martin del Potro, from winning a single return game. This will be a challenge for Nikoloz Basilashvili as he is playing another top 10 ranked player but considering his recent form, the Georgian will feel confident.
On the other side of the coin, Kevin Anderson enters this match in decent form as he made the quarterfinals of both the Shanghai Masters and China Open. Anderson has been failing to win at the end stages of tournaments as he has been making deep runs but hasn’t won a title since the New York Open in February. This will be a tough opening round match for Kevin Anderson as he is playing one of the most exciting and in-form players in the world at the moment. Anderson is currently world number 8 meaning he will feel that he should be good enough to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Nikoloz Basilashvili and Kevin Anderson have played once in the past with Anderson winning that match. The fixture was at the Miami Masters this season where Kevin Anderson beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in straight sets.
This should be a very close match as both Nikoloz Basilashvili and Kevin Anderson are exceptional tennis players. I am going to make a bold prediction and pick Nikoloz Basilashvili to win this match. Nikoloz Basilashvili has been consistently playing well over the past few months while Kevin Anderson seems to be a little bit of his best. With the confidence from his China Open win, I am picking Nikoloz Basilashvili to win this match.