Ivashka’s losing streak is now 9 matches in a row and started in October 2022 in Gijón, Spain. After Spain’s defeats in Stockholm, Vienna, Paris, Melbourne, Dallas, Delray Beach, Doha and Dubai. A terrible series, after such a series some people are associated with professional sports. Moreover, it cannot be said that the Bulgarian had leading rivals during this period, on the contrary, they were quite tolerable.

In early February, Roman won the Challenger in Koblenz, Germany, beating Pospisil in straight sets in the final. Since then, Safiullin won in Rotterdam against Elias Ymer, right there in the Netherlands, defeating his brother Mikael in three matches. Then the defeat of Fils in Marseille and Kotov in Dubai. Roman arrived at the US tournament on a 3-loss streak.

Tennis player Rating Total number of matches in 2023 wins failures
Ilya Ivashka 85 5 0 5
Roman Safiullin 113 15 9 6

Ivashka and Safiullin crossed paths once, in the round of 16 of the 2021 Australian Open. That match with the score 3:0 (6:4, 6:3, 6:4) was won by Safiullin in two hours and 8 minutes.

Ivashka has been on a long losing streak since last year. Safiullin, on the other hand, recently won the Challenger in Germany. Besides, Safiullin has experience of victories over the Bulgarian, in 2021 Roman defeated Ilya in Melbourne in three sets without any problems. We believe that Roman has the best chance of winning the first round of the Masters. Don’t be surprised if Safiullin wins in straight sets.

The main prediction is for Safiullin to win at 1.81