ATP Houston 2024: Thanasi Kokkinakis vs Aleksandar Kovacevic; Preview, Head-to-Head, and Prediction

Published 04/02/2024, 2:31 PM EDT

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With the Sunshine Double wrapped up, it is time for the players to reserve their spots for the event in Houston. As players already have their paths for the tournament, Thanasi Kokkinakis is set to be in a gripping showdown against Aleksandar Kovacevic.

Playing for the first time in their professional careers, the two will be starting their clay court season with this match, with a target to move ahead in the tournament. But who among them has better odds of winning? Let’s find out!

Thanasi Kokkinakis vs Aleksandar Kovacevic: Preview

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Thanasi Kokkinakis is facing some tough challenges as he comes back to play in the ATP Houston tournament. While the tennis star has already been exposed to fitness problems lately, it not only caused him to retire from matches (at the Miami Open) but has also affected the consistency of his overall performance as well.

On the other hand, Aleksandar Kovacevic has been doing well lately. Looking at his recent performance, the American has entered the top 100, which marks a big achievement for him. As the tennis star now looks forward to continuing the same on clay courts, the upcoming tournament in Houston might pose a challenge to him.

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Kokkinakis vs Kovacevic: Head-to-head

Looking at the head-to-head stats between the two, the numbers depict no prior showdown, keeping the count neutral to 0-0. Thanasi Kokkinakis, currently ranked at number 104, will begin his Houston journey after his last match in Miami. While the tennis star had to retire from the match against Hugo Grenier because of an injury, it still remains to be seen if comes back recovered. So far this year, Kokkinakis has won 8 matches and lost 9.

On the other side of the court, Aleksandar Kovacevic, ranked at number 98, will also start his Houston campaign after his last appearance in Miami. While the tennis star faced an exit after losing to Fabian Marozsan, he looks forward to restarting his run once again. Kovacevic has had a good year so far, winning 14 matches and losing 8.

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Prediction: Kokkinakis to win in a three-setter competition

The upcoming match between Kokkinakis and Kovacevic at the ATP Houston is expected to be a close one. While Kokkinakis’ recent stats might appear to be lower as compared to his opponent in the upcoming match, he still has better odds of winning, in a possible three-setter match. Although he has been dealing with physical issues lately, his strong experience increases the chances of his victory.

On the other hand, Kovacevic is on the rise, as he recently paved his way into the top 100. This sets up an interesting showdown between Kokkinakis’ history and Kovacevic’s current form.

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Akshay Kapoor

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