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Tennis acca tips: Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz on track for titles

Planet Spot presents picks for selected ATP Tour matches on Friday 16 February to help build a tennis accumulator.

Jannik Sinner appears on track to win a second title for the season in Rotterdam while in Buenos Aires, Carlos Alcaraz chases a first crown in 2024.

Alcaraz is in action on clay while the Rotterdam and Delray Beach events take place on hard courts.

Here we make our picks for selected ATP Tour matches on Friday 16 February.

 

ATP Rotterdam: Tallon Griekspoor vs Emil Ruusuvuori | Pick: Griekspoor

ATP Rotterdam: Jannik Sinner vs Milos Raonic | Pick: Sinner

ATP Buenos Aires: Dusan Lajovic vs Facundo Diaz Acosta | Pick: Lajovic

ATP Buenos Aires: Sebastian Baez vs Federico Coria | Pick: Baez

ATP Buenos Aires: Carlos Alcaraz Garfia vs Andrea Vavassori | Pick: Alcaraz

ATP Buenos Aires: Nicolas Jarry vs Tomas Martin Etcheverry | Pick: Jarry

ATP Delray Beach: Marcos Giron vs Patrick Kypson | Pick: Giron

ATP Delray Beach: Taylor Fritz vs Rinky Hijikata | Pick: Fritz

 

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ATP Rotterdam: Tallon Griekspoor vs Emil Ruusuvuori

Tallon Griekspoor and Emil Ruusuvuori will meet for the fifth time, with the head-to-head record 4-0 for Griekspoor and 3-0 on indoor hard courts.

Griekspoor reached the quarterfinals by defeating Lorenzo Musetti and Hubert Hurkacz.

In the second round against Hurkacz, the Dutchman rallied from a one-set deficit to win progress in Rotterdam.

The Finn advanced to the final eight by defeating Ugo Humbert and Jan-Lennard Struff.

 

ATP Rotterdam: Jannik Sinner vs Milos Raonic

Jannik Sinner is seeking his first championship in Rotterdam this week, having come second in last year's tournament.

The Italian will face former World No. 3 Milos Raonic for a place in the semifinals of the ATP 500 tournament on Friday.

In the second round, the world number four faced a tight challenge from former world No 6 Gael Monfils.

Raonic used a Protected Ranking to compete in the ATP 500 event in Rotterdam but has found decent form of late and his impressive career record makes him a dangerous foe.

 

ATP Buenos Aires: Dusan Lajovic vs Facundo Diaz Acosta

Dusan Lajovic and Facundo Diaz Acosta are strangers on the court since this is their first encounter of their careers.

Dusan Lajovic is ranked 58th, and Facundo Diaz Acosta is placed 87th in the ATP rankings.

Both players competed in two rounds before the quarterfinals, and both will naturally want to advance as they meet for the first time.

However, considering their recent form Lajovic is the clear favourite.

 

ATP Buenos Aires: Sebastian Baez vs Federico Coria

Sebastian Baez plays Federico Coria (No. 106) in the Argentina Open semifinals on Friday.

Given the large class difference between these two players, Baez is the clear favourite over Coria in this match.

With a record of 17–12 on clay, Baez has won one tournament on the surface in the last year.

Coria will be looking to finish his home stretch on a high note after making it to the semi-finals in Cordoba last week, but the youthful and tenacious Baez won't give up lightly.

 

ATP Buenos Aires: Carlos Alcaraz vs Andrea Vavassori

Carlos Alcaraz, the reigning champion in Buenos Aires, will square off against Andrea Vavassori in the quarterfinals.

Alcaraz defeated Camilo Ugo Carabelli, to begin his ATP Buenos Aires championship defence.

The Spaniard, who has performed well during the Golden Triangle swing in the past, appeared at ease in his first clay encounter in more over eight months.

This week, Andrea Vavassori made it through qualifying and has won four matches without dropping a set in the city of Buenos Aires.

 

ATP Buenos Aires: Nicolas Jarry vs Tomas Martin Etcheverry

This match has all the makings of an incredible battle between two of the world's best South American players.

Anticipate early and often explosions as both men win points with huge serves and brutal forehands.

In last year's Santiago final, Jarry defeated the Argentine in three sets, and we anticipate another close contest.

Etcheverry, who has played really well so far this season and has only dropped eight games in the first two matches in Buenos Aires, has the slender advantage.

 

ATP Delray Beach: Marcos Giron vs Patrick Kypson

Since this will be the first time Marcos Giron and Patrick Kypson play each other on the main tour, there is no head-to-head record between them.

Giron has a big edge in rankings and experience and also appears to be in better form.

Having stunned Adrian Mannarino during this run, Giron should feel that semi is the least he could do.

Kypson has spent less time on court during his run in Delray Beach but has also faced lower-ranked opponents.

 

ATP Delray Beach: Taylor Fritz vs Rinky Hijikata

Taylor Fritz, the top seed in the Delray Beach Open, received a first-round bye.

Fritz crushed Nono Borges in emphatic fashion to set himself up as one of the title favourites.

Hijikata defeated sixth seed Matteo Arnaldi to advance to the quarterfinals after defeating Liam Broady in the first round.

But at this point, The Australian's voyage is probably coming to an end with a credible opponent lined up.

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