Wednesday and Thursday mark the Round of 16 matches in the 2023 Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag, the 33rd Croatia Open. The International Tennis Center, in Umag, Croatia, is the site, which means that the matches take place on clay. The defending single’s champion is Jannik Sinner, although he is not back to defend his title. Some of the top players in the world appearing at this ATP 250 event include top seed Jiri Lehecka (ranked 33rd in the world), Lorenzo Sonego (42), and Sebastian Ofner (58). We have some tennis betting predictions for Thursday’s Round of 16 clashes.
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Round of 16 Matches for July 27
Jaume Antoni Munar vs Fabian Marozsan
Jaume Munar needed three sets to get to the second round, but he eventually stopped Albert Ramos-Vinolas, the eighth seed, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Last week, Munar made it to the quarterfinals of the EFG Swiss Open (also on clay). At that tournament, he beat Alexander Ritschard and Stan Wawrinka in straight sets to get to the quarters before Pedro Cachin stopped him, 6-3, 6-3. Munar went down in the second round at Wimbledon earlier this year.
Fabian Marozsan zipped past Juan Manuel Cerundolo in the round of 32, 6-3, 6-2. His last competition before that came at Wimbledon, where he came through qualifiers to get to the main draw, but wild-card entrant David Goffin stopped him in the first round in four sets. Munar to win in three sets.
Bet on Jaume Antoni Munar!
(6) Stan Wawrinka vs Federico Coria
Stan Wawrinka looked solid as he eliminated qualifier Filip Misolic in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, to get to the round of 16. This is Wawrinka’s second tournament after Novak Djokovic sent him home from Wimbledon. He will see Argentinian Federico Coria in the Round of 16 after Coria stopped Marc-Andrea Huesler, 6-4, 6-2. Given the solid form that Wawrinka has been showing and his superior experience, I like him to win here. Wawrinka to win in three sets.
Bet on Stan Wawrinka!
Marco Cecchinato vs (2) Lorenzo Sonego
Marco Cecchinato is looking to reverse a trend of poor performances lately, as he has lost seven of his last eight matches. Against Lorenzo Sonego, something has to give, as Sonego comes in on a four-match losing streak of his own. Cecchinato is more of a clay specialist, but he has gone through a spate of injuries and has shown a cavalier attitude about his game.
Sonego has only made two appearances in tournaments this year – the Miami Masters and the French Open; he made it to the round of 16 in Miami. He does have a chance here to answer some doubters. He has a versatile game that works well in a variety of conditions. Despite his own losing streak, he has shown better form than Sonego. Sonego to win in straight sets.
Bet on Lorenzo Sonego!
Taro Daniel vs (4) Roberto Carballes Baena
Daniel has struggled on clay this year, going just 2-6. He has won just 61.2% of his service games. His last tournament, the Swiss Open, came to an end at the round of 32, where he fell to Pedro Cachin (4-6, 1-6). Carballes Baena has a 12-11 record on clay in 2023, winning one title. His last competition took place at the EFG Swiss Open, and he fell in straight sets to Stan Wawrinka. Carballes Baena to win in straight sets.
Bet on Roberto Carballes Baena!
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