Alex Molcan vs. Thiago Monteiro Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 29, 2022 20:30 CET
It’s finally time! The US Open will finally be underway, and one of the first matches in Round 1 will be Molcan versus Monteiro.
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Alex Molcan returns to the US Open without needing to qualify, unlike last year. He had a good grandslam run in 2021, beating Coppejans, Kolar and Elias in the qualification rounds and then beating Ilkel and upsetting Nakashima in five sets before losing to Schwartzman.
Molcan is officially a tour-level player, and has been playing some consistent tennis this year. Most notably he’s reached the final in Marrakesh and Lyon, where he lost both in three sets. Though his most comfortble conditions are on the clay, he still has a good game on the hard courts. Last year he won in Helsiniki on the hard courts, and also showed it at the US Open. He’ll be hoping he can come through with ease against Monteiro.
Thiago Monteiro will be hoping he can get his first ever US Open win after exiting three times in a row the past three years. I’ve mentioned this in a previous article, but Monteiro just isn’t convincing on the hard courts. He’s struggled on these surfaces, and thrives on the clay. What he does have is his serve, and he will be hoping that this could bail him out during the match.
The pair have faced each other once in 2018, where Monteiro won in straight sets.
Alex Molcan should really breeze past Monteiro. There could be a couple of tight sets with Monteiro’s serve, so happy to take the sets handicap rather than the games.
Date and Time: 29.08.22 20:30 CET
Tournament: ATP US Open
Pick: Monteiro -1.5 Sets