Karatsev vs Evans: prediction for the ATP Sydney match
Aslan Karatsev takes on Daniel Evans in the semi-final of the Sydney International on Friday, January 14. Who will become the finalist of the tournament? Look out for our answer in the prediction below.
Aslan Karatsev has looked very confident at the current tournament. In his opener, Karatsev closed Miomir Kecmanovic in two straight sets (7-5, 6-4). After that, the Russian tennis player defeated Lorenzo Sonego (6-2, 3-6, 6-2). Last year, Karatsev reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open, and he will be looking to defend that result, so he needs to gain momentum and get into perfect shape before the start of the major.
Daniel Evans has not lost a single set this year. At the ATP Cup, he defeated such serious opponents as Jan-Lennard Struff, Denis Shapovalov, and John Isner in two sets. In Sydney, the British tennis player got a straight-set victory over Pedro Martinez in the first round (6-2, 6-3), and after that he ousted Maxime Cressy (6-4, 7-5).
Karatsev played 2 tie-breaks in his last 5 matches.
More than 9.5 games were played in the first set in 3 of Evans' last 5 matches.
The only head-to-head match between these two players ended in three sets. Both opponents are in fantastic shape, and we are expecting a close fight here.
Our prediction - total over 22 games
Karatsev is probably already thinking about the next week's Australian Open, and we doubt he will be putting all of his energy into this match. We suggest playing Evans' victory here.
Second wager - Evans to win