Taylor Fritz vs. Alexei Popyrin Pick – ATP Citi Open August 3, 2022

It’s a full day of tennis on Wednesday between Los Cabos and Washington. The ATP Citi Open gets us started on the tennis card Wednesday afternoon. The ATP event in Los Cabos does not begin to play until this evening at 8:00 p.m. EST.

The Citi Open is an all-day event, with action beginning at noon and the final match beginning this evening at 8:00 p.m. EST. If you need late-night tennis overnight, then Chin Hsin Tseng and Cameron Norrie serve up a match at 11:00 p.m. EST.

We have two Citi Open picks for Wednesday afternoon. The opener on the card between Emil Ruusvuori and Hubert Hurkacz looks like a good one in Washington.

Hurkacz is one of the top contenders to win the Citi Open. He is the No. 2 seed behind Andrey Rublev. The No. 3 seed, Taylor Fritz, might be the most interesting contender at the Citi Open.

Fritz is confident that he can take his recent success and parlay it into a win on the hard court in Washington.

Fritz is playing well this season and could have another ATP win after winning at Eastbourne on June 25. The 2022 season has been kind to Fritz, which includes a win over Rafael Nadal at the Indian Wells on March 20. He also took Nadal to a five-set tiebreaker at Wimbledon.

World No. 83, Alexei Popyrkin, walked over to the Round of 32 after Wu Tung-lin dropped out following a 3-3 first set. He had a brief stay in Atlanta with an opening loss to John Millman before Washington.

Fritz would like to win the Citi Open, but his eyes are on winning the US Open in New York in September. The Citi Open is a hard-court tournament that isn’t played that far from the site of the US Open in New York.

Head below for our free Fritz vs. Popyrin prediction at the Citi Open on August 3, 2022.

Taylor Fritz vs. Alexei Popyrin ATP Citi Open Live Betting Odds:

ATP Citi Open Odds Courtesy of Bovada:
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Taylor Fritz -4 (-105) -625 Over 22 (-110)
Alexei Popyrin +4 (-125) +460 Under 22 (-120)
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Fritz vs. Popyrin Prediction:

This is a tough match for Alexi Popyrin, who will have to be much better than his match against John Millman. Millman cleared Popyrin for a 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 win at Wimbledon.

Popyrin was even worse at the Hall of Fame Championships, as he left that tournament early as well, with a 6-7, 3-6 loss to Quentin Halys. Going back to Wimbledon, he’s lost three straight matches in the opening round.

Fritz beat Rafa in March in the Indian Wells Final, 6-3, 7-6.

He wanted to prove that it wasn’t a flukey win, and Fritz was able to accomplish this much despite losing at Wimbledon. Fritz forced five sets in a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, 5-7, 6-7 loss.

Defeating Nadal and then going five sets against him is a major bright spot for his resume and confidence.

If that wasn’t enough, Fritz won at Eastbourne on June 25 over Maxime Cressy. He won a three-set match in a tournament that also included wins against Alexander Bublik and Alex de Minaur.

Fritz is 26-10 and 13-4 on the hard court in 2022.

The question is how well is Fritz going to respond after losing at Wimbledon? He’s been on a break since then, so at least Fritz is going to be fresh to play Popyrin.

Popyrin has a record of 4-13 and just 14-29 in sets this season. He’s 4-10 on the hard court entering this match vs Fritz on Wednesday.

Fritz is likely to win this match in straight sets. However, the spread in this one looks pretty sharp in my view. It’s likely a five or four-game win for Fritz. Four would give a push, but 6-4, 6-4 is a win on the UNDER, as would 6-3, 6-4. The UNDER is probably the best bet.


Fritz vs. Popyrin Pick
Kyle E / Author

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