After winning the Nottingham challenger, Dan Evans’ grass court form took a hit last week as he went out in the opening round at Queen’s Club to an in-form Matteo Berrettini. The Brit will be looking to put that right this week and pick up some vital wins ahead of Wimbledon.
First up for Evans is the crafty Adrian Mannarino who knows how to win ATP 250’s and matches on grass courts. The Frenchman took Roger Federer to his limits at last year’s Wimbledon and is the type of opponent that not many players will want to draw early on at SW19. Now Mannarino looks to build on his S-Hertogenbosch semi-final a couple of weeks ago.
This will be a tough match for Evans but this match-up in terms of style suits him as the head-to-head shows and the Brit should edge through.
Prediction: Evans in three sets.
Ryan Peniston [WC] v Holger Rune [8} | H2H & Match Fundamentals
What a week last week for Ryan Peniston as he reached the quarter-finals at an ATP event for the first time in his career at Queen’s Club, beating top ten player Casper Ruud on the way. Now the Brit will look to build on that breakthrough as he searches for more confidence and more importantly ranking points ahead of Wimbledon.
Next for Peniston is another test against top 50 player in Holger Rune who is coming into the grass court season having reached his first grand slam quarter-final at Roland Garros. However the Dane is still to find his feet on the grass courts and lost in his opening match in Halle to Pablo Carreno Busta.
This should be a match that if Peniston produces the level he produced last week that he should win with Rune still to be familiar with the grass courts.
Jack Draper had a mixed start to life as a top 100 player after producing an incredible performance to defeat top 20 player Taylor Fritz at Queen’s Club. However Draper lacked intensity and consistency in his second round match against Emil Ruusuvuori and the Brit will be looking to win back-to-back matches in Eastbourne.
First up for Draper is talented American Jenson Brooksby who has struggled for victories since reaching back-to-back fourth round’s at Indian Wells and Miami. Brooksby will be hoping to turn his fortunes around on grass as he has a lot of points to defend on the US hard court swing.
This should be a match that Draper will win considering Brooksby’s poor form and lack of familiarity on grass, but should the Brit produce an under-par performance then Brooksby will capitalise.
Prediction: Draper in three sets.
Jay Clarke [WC] v Brandon Nakashima [Q] H2H & Match Fundamentals
After some positive challenger results this season, Jay Clarke is yet to find his form on the grass having only won one match from three events. Clarke will look to improve his grass court form this week in Eastbourne with Wimbledon fast approaching and in particular his serve with that being the most disappointing factor at the moment.
First up for the Brit is talented American Brandon Nakashimawith the American having a rapid rise up the rankings. Nakashima has won back-to-back matches in Surbiton and S-Hertogenbosch and qualified for Eastbourne by defeating Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey.
This will be a tricky test for Clarke against a player that is in good form on the grass but certainly will be a winnable match and can do the Brits’ confidence the world of good should he win.
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