Marton Fucsovics vs. Nikoloz Basilashvili
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 12, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
Tennis Club Weissenhof
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In the 2019 ATP Stuttgart Open, Hungarian tennis player, Marton Fucsovics has made it into the second round. Marton Fucsovics will now play against the number 4 seed, Nikoloz Basilashvili from Georgia.
Nikoloz Basilashvili received an opening round bye due to his high seeding. Nikoloz Basilashvili enters this tournament following a very poor French Open campaign as he was eliminated in the opening round. It was a tough clay season for Basilashvili as he only made 1 semifinal appearance. It was unusual to see Nikoloz Basilashvili struggle on clay as he is usually very strong which he has proved by winning titles such as the ATP German Open. Moving onto grass will not be ideal for Nikoloz Basilashvili as he has a weak record on this surface. Nikoloz Basilashvili’s career record on grass is only 11-15 which is poor considering the Georgian has a career win rate of over 56%.
Looking at this opponent, Marton Fucsovics enters this match having defeated Jaume Munar in straight sets in the previous round. During the win, Fucsovics served extremely well as he won 67% of his service points which allowed him to win 82% of his service games. Similar to Nikoloz Basilashvili, Marton Fucsovics also struggled during the clay season as he made only 1 quarterfinal appearance. That being said, Marton Fucsovics should be confident about this match as he is strong on grass as his career win rate on this surface is 57%.
Marton Fucsovics and Nikoloz Basilashvili have played each other 3 times in the past. Basilashvili has won on 1 occasion while Fucsovics has won twice. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at the Italian Open where Nikoloz Basilashvili won in straight sets. All 3 matches between Nikoloz Basilashvili and Marton Fucsovics have been in 2019.
This should be a close match as both Nikoloz Basilashvili and Marton Fucsovics are struggling. There is a good chance that we will see a very tactical tennis match since these players have played each other multiple times this season. As far as predicting a winner is concerned, I am going to pick Marton Fucsovics to win this match. While Nikoloz Basilashvili won the recent meeting between these two, Fucsovics has won twice in 2019 against the Georgian. Furthermore, Fucsovics is much stronger on grass than Nikoloz Basilashvili so I see that being a big advantage for the Hungarian. Marton Fucsovics looked good in his opening match and I see him winning this match also.