Predictions for the first day of ATP in Tel Aviv including Dominic Thiem against Laszlo Djere

After 26 years off the ATP calendar, the Tel Aviv Open is set to return with an impressive field of 250. The likes of Diego Schwartzman, Marin Cilic, or Dominic Thiem will fight for the title even though the biggest star is without a doubt the Grand Slam champion. 21 times, Novak Djokovic. The Serbian is playing his first 250 match away from Belgrade since January 2019 and will also be appearing in doubles alongside 45-year-old Jonathan Erlich, the former 5th seed in doubles and 2008 Australian Open champion. As always, we here at LWOT will see and anticipate every match. Who do you think will win?

ATP forecast for the first day in Tel Aviv

Liam Brody vs Nicholas Alvarez Varona

Face to face: first meeting

Starting with a qualifying bait, top seed Liam Brody faces a young Spanish player at Alvarez Varona. Brody has had a fairly mediocre season as the tops were the third round of Wimbledon and he beat David Goffin to reach the semifinals of the Challenger 125 in Phoenix. This was the only British Challenger semi-final this season. Alvarez Varona has struggled more this season, scoring 17-26, and an unconvincing attempt to move onto the full-time Challenge Tour. The 21-year-old reached the Challenger final in Liberec, but it was the only time he’d made it past the second round this season. With the hardcourt playing more in Brody cards, we should see the top seed reach the main draw.

Prediction: Brody at 2

Hugo Grenier vs Roman Svilolin

Head-to-head: Grenier 2-0 Sclifflin

This should be an even and entertaining fight here. Grenier had a solid summer on the hard court, winning opponents in Segovia and Cassis while making it to the second round as a lucky loser at the US Open. Sefiolin also has two Challenge titles, winning at Nur-Sultan and Chicago, although the Russian hasn’t played since the US Open qualifiers. The Frenchman has won both previous interviews, played in the Challenge Tour in 2020. At the current level, Grenier should be the favorite here even though Safiullin has the match to win here too.

Prediction: Grenier at 3

Peter Gojowczyk vs. Yshai Oliel

Face to face: first meeting

A good draw for the Israeli wild card is here. Olial played a mix of Challenger qualifiers and ITF events in 2022 with a winning record but without a particularly impressive breakthrough or win. He’ll have a chance to make his name against Gojowczyk here though. The 33-year-old is 13-23 years old, and out of his semi-final run at Rennes Challenger two weeks ago, the German has failed to win back-to-back games this season. However, I think his level could be a bit high for Olliel, but the 22-year-old will get a chance here.

Prediction: Gojowczyk at 2

Dominic Thiem vs Laszlo Djerre

Head-to-head: Jerry 1-0 Tim

Having really struggled since the comeback, and not taking a win until July, Tim is starting to gain some momentum as he reaches the Rain Challenger Final. The Austrian lost in the second round to Hubert Hurkacz the following week in Metz, so he still has some way to go until he gets close to his best. Djerry, 23-23 on the season, has had some high points this season, notably his fourth ATP Final at Winston-Salem. Since then, the Serbian has picked up two sets from Andrei Rublev at the US Open, but lost to Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Davis Cup and Stan Wawrinka in the Metz playoffs. Derry won their previous match in Rio de Janeiro 2019, starting his run with the biggest career title to date. On the hard courts, I think Tim should have enough to win this time.

Prediction: Tim at 3

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