Tsitsipas vs Schwartzman: prediction for the Laver Cup match
Stefanos Tsitsipas had a disappointing performance at the US Open. He made a first-round exit following his four-set defeat to Daniel Galan. This was most likely the result of the Greek's exhaustion after the Masters in Cincinnati, where Tsitsipas secured the runner-up finish. Last week, Tsitsipas helped the Greek national team at the Davis Cup - he won two matches against Tunisia.
Diego Schwartzman looked great at the start of the tour. For example, he reached the finals of the tournaments in Buenos-Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Recently, however, his most notable result was reaching the third round of the US Open. Schwartzman played for his national team at the Davis Cup last week, but not as successfully as Tsitsipas. He lost to Mikael Ymer in two straight sets (2-6, 2-6).
Tsitsipas played more than 9 games in the first set in 3 of his last 5 matches.
In the last 5 matches, Schwartzman played 3 tie-breaks.
Tsitsipas and Schwartzman met at the Cincinnati Masters this year, and the Greek player got a confident victory in two sets. We doubt that much has changed in such a short period of time - Tsitsipas is still the favorite to win. The Argentine doesn't look convincing in the second half of the year. We will be backing Tsitsipas in this pair.
Our prediction - handicap (-2) to Tsitsipas
The previous meeting was quite short, and we expect the same today. Schwartzman lost to Ymer last week, so Tsitsipas should make short work of him. Take the under.
Second prediction - total under 20 games