October 4, 2022

Day 2 of the National Bank Open ATP Masters 1000 in Montreal offers an absolutely packed slate of matches that will entertain both casual tennis fans and die-hards. Of the 21 matches scheduled to take place on Tuesday, an Australian Open fourth round rematch between Matteo Berrettini and Pablo Carreno is one to watch. At LWOT, we have coverage of this game as well as all other events on the Montreal field. We’ve broken down the 16 new matches of the day (there are also leftovers from Monday) into four articles. In addition to this one, the other articles feature Nick Kyrgios versus Sebastian Baez, Hubert Hurkacz versus Emil Ruusuvuori, and Fabio Fognini versus Holger Rune. But who will advance?

ATP Montreal Predictions Day 2

Grigor Dimitrov vs. Alexis Galarneau

Face to face: first meeting

Grigor Dimitrov, seeded number 15, will face Canadian joker Alexis Galarneau in the first round of the National Bank Open. Dimitrov, who has won just two games since Roland Garros, is looking to right the ship on his favorite surface. He has a good chance of doing so against the current world number 237. Galarneau, who I saw in person at the Sarasota Challenger in April, makes her tour-level singles debut on Monday. The North Carolina State University product has never beaten a top-100 ranked player. Dimitrov should roll.
Prediction: Dimitrov in 2

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Frances Tiafoe vs Benjamin Bonzi

Head-to-head: Tiafoe 2-0 Bonzi

Frances Tiafoe and Benjamin Bonzi will meet for the second time this season after the American beat the Frenchman at Roland Garros 7-5 7-5 7-6. Although Tiafoe won that match in straight sets, little separates these two in their current form. I was impressed with how Tiafoe looked in Washington, losing to eventual champion Nick Kyrgios in the quarterfinals after getting five match points in the second set. Tiafoe seems to play his best tennis at big events and the Canadian Open Masters 1000 certainly fits that mould. I see the American advancing in a tightly contested three-set battle.
Prediction: Tiafoe in 3

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David Goffin vs. Albert Ramos-Vinolas

Head-to-head: Goffin 1-0 Ramos-Vinolas

Joker David Goffin and Albert Ramos-Vinolas will square off in a late-night battle on Court 5 in Montreal. On what is a busy day in tennis, look no further than this battle of veterans. Both players favor clay as their preferred surface, which makes for an interesting game on the hard courts of Montreal. Goffin is 5-9 on the surface this season while Ramos-Vinolas are yet to win a hard-court game in two tries. After a slow start to the season, the Goffin made a round 3 at Roland Garros and a quarter-final at Wimbledon to regain form. I like that he continues in this way, especially against the Spaniard who holds a career record of 69-120 on hard court.
Prediction: Goffin in 2

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Matteo Berrettini vs. Pablo Carreno Busta

Head-to-head: Berrettini 1-0 Carreno Busta

2022 has been a somewhat tumultuous year for 26-year-old Matteo Berrettini. A right hand injury sidelined him for almost three months and a positive COVID-19 test kept him out of Wimbledon. However, when he has been on the pitch this season, the Italian holds a record of 21-7. One of those victories went to Pablo Carreno Busta in the fourth round of the Australian Open. The 31-year-old Spaniard has had his fair share of ups and downs this season, however, all his struggles have come on the tribunal. Berrettini is 12-1 since returning in June from right hand surgery and is poised to have a phenomenal hard-court swing. I see him beating Carreno Busta in straight sets.
Prediction: Berrettini in 2

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