Karatsev vs Schwartzman: prediction for the Cincinnati Masters match
Aslan Karatsev was on a losing streak of four matches before his victory over Brandon Nakashima (7-5, 7-5) in the opening round of the Cincinnati Masters. The Russian made first-round exits in Kitzbuhel, Washington, and Montreal. Karatsev's best result this year is winning the tournament in Sydney, where he defeated Andy Murray in the final match (6-3, 6-3).
Diego Schwartzman prevailed over Alex Molcan (5-7, 6-4, 6-2) in the first round of the current tournament. The Argentine is having a decent season; he has delivered his best performances on clay courts - in Buenos Aires, where he lost to Casper Ruud in the final, and in Rio de Janeiro, where he also secured the runner-up finish.
Karatsev played only 1 tie-break in the last 5 matches.
In 3 out of 5 matches of Schwartzman, more than 9 games were played in the first set.
Karatsev looked good in the first-round match and is determined to make a deep run at the Cincinnati Masters. He leads the head-to-head at 2-0 and has defeated Schwartzman on clay and hard courts. We think the Russian will advance to the next round.
Our prediction - Karatsev to win
The previous meeting between the players was quite long, and we expect a close fight in the upcoming fixture, too. The players are on equal footing and we don't think either one will be able to get a quick win here.
Second prediction - total over 21 games