3 day predictions of ATP Umag including Munar vs Sinner

It’s been a great week of the ATP Tour so far on Umag’s dirt courts, with matches continuing to deliver quality tennis and plenty of drama.

Tomorrow, four more singles matches will take place in order of play, including a great match between Jaume Munar and Jannik Sinner.

Who will win and who will fall short? I give my best guesses.

3 day forecast from ATP Umag

Roberto Carpeles Baena x Alex Mulcan

Head-to-head: 1-0 Carballes Baena

Roberto Karballes Baena beat Henri Laaksonen 6-4 7-5 to advance to the second round. Karbales Baena won 71% of his first serve points, while Laksonen only held 53% of his first serve. Karbales Baena managed to break Laksonen’s serve on four occasions. Alex Mulkan defeated Doug Agdukovic 6-2, 7-6 (2) in the first round. Mulkan scored 54% of his comeback points and broke Agdjokovic six times.

Carballes Baena leads head-to-head 1-0, although that match was played at altitude at the Carballes Baena event at home in Madrid, so I don’t put a lot of money into that. Carballes Baena is fast around the court and very consistent from the baseline. However, he lacks power in ground strikes, and his dispatch is not a great weapon. Carballes Baena also doesn’t have much variety, as its slides, drop shots and net game are all average.

Mulcan has a high endurance rally A wonderful variety. His slides and shots keep opponents off-balance and make it hard for them to feel comfortable against the Slovak. Molkan can also increase the frequency of ground strikes, but especially with a forehand, when he has the opportunity to do so.

Molcan has a more dynamic game play than Carballes Baena. He can hang with Carballes Baena in long rallies, but he has more power on ground strokes and versatility to keep Carballes Baena out of his comfort zone. There is nothing Carballes Baena can do to hurt Molcan in this match and he will be shown here.
Prediction: Mulkan at 2

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Daniel Elahi Galan vs Julio Ziberi

Head-to-head: 1-0 Zeppieri

Daniel Gallan battled Fabio Fognini in the opening round of Umag in three sets. Gallan was all over Fognini’s serve, winning 49% of his comeback points and breaking on seven occasions. Julio Zipberry qualified for Umag and then led Pedro Cachin from a relegated group to reach the second round. Zeppieri won 84% of his first serve points and was only broken once by Kashin.

Zeppieri leads head-to-head 1-0, after winning three tight sets on a clay court Challenger earlier this season. Zepperi’s first serve is a weapon and can control the baseline with a powerful left forehand. However, the Italian’s backhand is erratic and can give up fouls and short balls fairly regularly. Galan also offers a great first serve and his gameplay is more extensive than zippy. I trust him, in the crucial moments, to have a better tolerance and control when trying to play attacking.
Prediction: Galan at 3

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Holger Ron vs Bernabé Zapata Miralles

Head-to-head: 1-0 run

Holger Ron He will be looking hard to stop his six defeats streak in Umag. In fact, E Ron lost his nine sets, due to his loss to Ryan Peniston at Eastbourne. As Ron bid farewell in the second round, Bernabé Zapata Mirales had to work his way into this match. Zapata Mirales was accountable to Dino Prizmic before the Croatian retired due to an injury.

Ron leads head-to-head 1-0, but they’ve never played on clay. Ron bumps into positions on his first serve and usually plays with controlled aggression from the baseline, despite accumulating errors in recent matches. The Zapata Miralles has heavy front strokes, with great accuracy and depth on ground strokes. He’s more reliable from the baseline at the moment compared to Ron and he should be able to squeeze in this match.
Prediction: Zapata Mirales at 3

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Jaume Munnar vs Yannick Sener

Face to face: never played

Jaume Munnar He recovered from a set deficit to score a solid first-round victory over Mikael Ymir. Munnar won 77% of his first serve and controlled Ymir’s second serve, winning 71% of points on Ymir’s second serve. Yannick Sener hasn’t played since one set coming from the semi-finals of Wimbledon, but he narrowly missed out on Novak Djokovic. Showcase and controlled aggression that Sinner displayed at the All England Club would be translatable from the turf.

These two have never played before. Munnar is a mill with incredible foot-to-foot speed, remarkable stamina, and extremely high rally endurance. However, he struggles when he needs to play attacking and struggles to clear the ball. Additionally, while he performed well on his first serve against Ymer, Munar did not earn many free points on his first delivery. Sinner’s endurance for the rally isn’t exactly good, but he can get more free points on his first serve and hits a lot harder than the Spaniard.

I think that The sinner will be able to dominate From the baseline and hit Munnar off the field.
Prediction: wrong in 2

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