Basilashvili vs Sock
1st round in Beijing and a match between Nikoloz Basilashvili and Jack Sock.
The odds are very close here, but for me there is an obvious favourite to continue to the next round and that's Basilashvili. Have some reasons to think he has much better chances to progress to the next round.
First of all, they have only one official match, but it was in US Open 2018, when Nikoloz beat Sock 3:1 after a comeback. He was obviously the better one on the court and deserved his win. After US Open they took two different directions. Nikoloz continued with the ATP tournaments in Metz and Chengdu and earned two wins and two losses. He is not in excellent current form, that's true, but still has enough weapons to beat a player who didn't play an official game after US Open. During that time, Sock decided to play in Laver cup in Chicago and he showed he is so good in doubles. He won both his double matches and continued the trend after he won the men doubles with Mike Bryan in US Open. About the singles- he played one match against Edmund and lost it. He turned 26 years a few days ago and I think it will be really good to think about playing more doubles, because he has the game to become very successful there.
So, I am sure Jack's head is still in Chicago and Laver cup, it will be very tough to adapt to the last single tournaments he will take part during the end of the year, especially the first one in absolutely different conditions in Beijing, China. I don't expect anything from both players in China, one of them will be eliminated here and maybe the winner of this match will leave in the next round against Verdasco/Monfils. Basilashvili still has one match in China, although it was in Chengdu and is expected to be much more focused. Maybe some people will think Sock will want to take a revenge for his US Open loss- I don't think his mind is aimed to that part..
It is very possible this match to go into three sets, but I expect Basilashvili to continue in Beijing.
PS: I will not post other tennis previews for tomorrow, just will point you another two matches from the men's draw with good odds and big chance for success: Dimitrov-Harrison- 1 and Krajinovic-Mischa Zverev-1.
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Basilashvili vs Sock prediction
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