Betting tips: Gaston vs. Collarini and Blancaneaux vs. Basic
- Hugo Gaston vs. Andrea Collarini (Barcelona Challenger)
- Geoffrey Blancaneaux vs. Mirza Basic (Napoli Challenger)
Tennis – Barcelona challenger R1: Hugo Gaston vs. Andrea Collarini
Hugo Gaston was not well known by the public before the 2020 season when he made a very strong impression at the French Open, defeating Stanislas Wawrinka before losing a very tight match to one of the favorites of the event Dominic Thiem. Since then, the 20 years old player from France has been inconsistent but displayed great tennis again this season when he reached the final in Gstaad, beating brilliant clay players along the way (Cristian Garin, Laslo Djere).
Andrea Collarini turned 31 years old this year and is ranked #248 in the world at the moment. Like most players from Argentina, clay is his favorite surface. An incredible fact about Collarini is that he played only 58 matches off clay since his first year on the professional tour in 2007. On clay, he already worked hard this season with moderate success (21 wins – 29 losses).
Prediction: surprisingly, the Argentinean player beat the Frenchman this year (6-1, 6-4) in Rome challenger. If we look deeper, this match was played just two days after Gaston reached the final in another challenger event. This time, the Frenchman will have three days off and should be fresh enough to win this encounter. We predict: Gaston to win (Match odds).
Tennis – Napoli challenger R1: Geoffrey Blancaneaux vs. Mirza Basic
Napoli challenger is also played on clay. Geoffrey Blancaneaux is having a mediocre season with 18 wins and 23 losses overall (11-16 on clay). The player from France reached only two quarterfinals on the red dirt this season, in Tampere and last week in Sibiu.
Mirza Basic is a former top 100 player. In 2018, the player from Bosnia surprised many by winning an ATP 250 title in Sofia, alas he never managed to back this result up. On clay this season, Basic reached three quarterfinals (in Split and Lüdenscheid) and a semifinal in Almaty, bringing his overall record on the surface to 15 wins and 10 losses.
Prediction: Since the betting market is not favoring Basic by much, we fancy a bet on the Bosnian player based on recent history. We predict: Basic to win (Match odds).
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