Holger Rune vs Mackenzie McDonald prediction and odds: Cincinnati Open 2023

World No. 5 Holger Rune is coming at the Cincinnati Open after an early exit in Toronto. He has a lot to prove here and starts in the second round against Mackenzie McDonald.

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

Holger Rune vs Mackenzie McDonald – match predictions

Both players have recently reached the highest rankings of their careers and this will be a tough battle in the second round in Cincinnati.

Holger Rune to win

Holger Rune has been a real contender this year but it seems like he is still one step back compared to the rest of the Top 10 players. He is coming to Cincinnati with a chip on his shoulders and will have a challenging opponent in his first match. McDonald has been playing really well this month but still, Rune will be the one to have the extra shot and advance to the next round.

First set over 10.5 games

Both players have solid serve but their best quality is the movement and speed. This will be a tough battle from the first point and no player will be able to get on a major lead in the opening set which will go over 10.5 games in total.

Holger Rune vs Mackenzie McDonald preview

Holger Rune has never won a single match at the Western & Southern Open and will try to do so today against the home player Mackenzie McDonald.

Holger Rune

Holger Rune has reached the highest ranking in his young career, being No. 5 in the world. The Danish is 38-16 for the season and 9-6 on hard.

Rune is coming off an unexpected loss in the second round in Toronto, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 against Marcos Giron. Previously, he lost back to back matches at the Hopman Cup.

Rune’s best result this season is the title in Munich and the finals in Rome and Monte Carlo. Last year, he made his debut in Cincinnati losing to Cameron Norrie in the opening round.

Mackenzie McDonald

Mackenzie McDonald also has the highest ranking in his career at No. 43 in the world. The American is 27-22 for the season and 17-9 on hard.

He is coming off a 7-5, 6-1 win over Yannick Hanfmann in the opening round. Last week in Toronto, McDonald reached the quarterfinals where he lost to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-4, 6-2.

His best results this season were the semifinals in Eastbourne and Delray Beach. This is the thrid consecutive year for McDonald to reach the second round in Cincinnati.

Holger Rune vs Mackenzie McDonald head to head

Rune won the only previous match against McDonald, 7-5, 6-3 in the second round of Indian Wells earlier this year.

Cincinnati Open
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Holger Rune vs Mackenzie McDonald match details

  • When will the match between Rune vs McDonald be played? The match is scheduled for August 16 at 20:30 GMT.
  • Who is the favorite in the match between Davidovich Fokina vs Djokovic? Given the odds, Djokovic is a major favorite to win this match.
  • How much will the Western & Southern Open winner earn? Here is everything you need to know about the Cincinnati Open Prize Money.

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Marko Mitevski

Marko is a former athlete who meanwhile got his law degree. He has followed basketball since the ‘90s and is very familiar with all levels of the game, from the NBA, and the NCAA, all down to European leagues and international competitions.