TennisSection previews the 2022 Basel Open as Pablo Carreno Busta takes on Dominic Stricker in the second round on Wednesday, October 26th, 2022.
Will Pablo Carreno Busta record back-to-back wins for the first time since the US Open? The Spanish World No. 15 faces Swiss Next Gen star Dominic Stricker for a place in the Basel Open quarterfinals. Who will prevail?
Pablo Carreno Busta demolished Sebastian Baez for the loss of only three games in his opening round at the Basel Open. Carreno Busta has had his fair share of tough losses in recent weeks, most notably the quarterfinal match in Gijon against Arthur Rinderknech when he spurned multiple match points. But he was in fine fettle on Tuesday as he dominated the match from start to finish against the out-of-form Argentine. The Spaniard fired four aces and converted four out of five break points. His own serve hardly looked under threat as he nullified two break points he faced.
Dominic Stricker, for his part, withstood a barrage of aces and big forehands to tame the big-serving Maxime Cressy at the Basel Open. The Swiss wild card has played most of his tennis in 2022 on indoor hard courts at Challenger level. And he reaped the reward as he came up with some very good shots and well-timed returns to break Cressy twice in the match and won 7-6 6-3.
Pablo Carreno Busta and Dominic Stricker have not crossed paths on the ATP Tour. Wednesday’s match at the Basel Open will be their first official meeting. World No. 15 Carreno Bustais the accomplished player in this matchup and is one of the favorites to win the tournament. Stricker’s potential is immense and his mammoth win over Cressy moves him up the ladder in the Race to Milan. I still reckon Carreno Busta will come out on top in this one. The Spaniard has a brick-wall defense and while we can expect Stricker to have some positive vibes coming into the match, he is unlikely to threaten the World No. 15 for vast stretches.
Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Pablo Carreno Busta in 2 Sets.
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