Pablo Carreño Busta vs Chung Hyeon
|Date & Time||Thursday August 23, 2018, 4:30 PM (EDT)|
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South Korean superstar, Chung Hyeon has made it to the quarterfinals of the ATP Winston-Salem Open. The number 6 seed will be playing Spaniard, Pablo Carreño Busta to determine who makes it into the final 4 of the tournament. Pablo Carreño Busta is the number 2 seed. It is always good tennis when quality players face each other and that should be the case in this fixture. I am expecting a very exciting tennis match.
To the surprise of many, this is the first time that Pablo Carreño Busta and Chung Hyeon will face each other in an ATP event. This blank slate will mean that neither player will have worry about past occurrences and will simply focus on the job in hand. This factor should benefit both players.
Looking at Pablo Carreño Busta, he has done very well over the past few months. Since Wimbledon, Pablo Carreño Busta has made many deep runs in tournaments but has not managed to win any tournaments. He will know that this is a great chance for him to win a title so I am expecting the motivation level to be high for the number 2 seed. With Dominic Thiem withdrawing from this event, Pablo Carreño Busta is the highest ranked player remaining so he will expect to be able to win. It is also interesting to note that Pablo Carreño Busta won this tournament in 2016 so he has fold memories of this event.
On the other side of the coin, Chung Hyeon will look to beat the number 2 seed. The South Korean has looked good in this tournament but this will be his first major test. With the US Open coming up, Chung Hyeon will look to continue his momentum but this will be a very tough match since he is playing one of the best players in the competition. I am expecting Chung Hyeon to put up a fight but I am not expecting him to win.
I am picking Pablo Carreño Busta to win. He is the better player and I think he will win.