Day 5 at the ATP event in Newport will see the end of the quarter-finals, with double Wimbledon champion Andy Murray playing the always unpredictable Alexander Bublik, and an all-Australian duel between Jason Kubler and James Duckworth to see who joins mammoth attendant John Isner and Maxime Cressy for Saturday’s semifinals.
ATP Newport Day 5 Predictions
Jason Kubler vs. James Duckworth
Head to head: Duckworth 3-0 Kubler
Despite 3-0 head-to-head in Duckworth’s favor, Kubler comes into this match as a favorite given the surface. He has shown an excellent level on grass so far and could even have a chance to win his first ATP title ever this week, as well as a career high ranking (he topped as # 91 in 2018), which would have already happened , whose points had been awarded at Wimbledon. Duckworth is a solid player, but at this point in their careers and given the surface, Kubler should have too much for him, especially fresh on scoring his first ever top 10 win against tournament favorite Felix Auger-Aliassime in a dramatic three-set. match that was completed over two days.
Forecast: Couples in 2
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Andy Murray vs. Alexander Bublik
Head to head: Murray 3-1 Bublik
The pair have already played three times this year: they shared victories on hard courts before Murray won on the Stuttgart grass. Although Murray is very far from his best, he is still far more solid and consistent than Bublik, who has ups and downs in the same set and even the same game. Even now, Murray should be able to win, especially on this surface, just based on his consistency and ability to stay the course throughout the match. However, Bublik is not to be underestimated on this surface and track, where he has already reached a final back in 2019 (with losing four-time champion John Isner).
Forecast: Murray and 2
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