French derby in the first round of the tournament in Marseille. Benoit Paire will fight with Gregoire Barrere and the demons in his head. What will be harder no one knows. The 26-year-old Barrere has so far rarely appeared in the APR tournaments, claiming Challengers over and over again, but this year the situation began to change. He already entered the top 100, began to fall into the qualifications of ATP tournaments, pass and go through the first rounds already at the base. The progress is obvious, but is it enough to defeat Paire today? – Get our prediction now.
At what time are Benoit Paire and Gregoire Barrere to play?
The game time is February 17, 2020, at 19:00 (UTC+1).
What are the players’ positions in ATP rankings?
Benoit Paire takes the 20th position and Gregoire Barrere takes the 89th position in ATP Tour Rankings.
How many wins and losses does Benoit Paire have?
Benoit Paire has won 58% of games as a favorite.
How many wins and losses does Gregoire Barrere have?
Gregoire Barrere has won 64% of the games as a favorite.
Paire is definitely one of the most talented ]players on the tour. But the problem of the Frenchman is that he is not even able to hold several matches in the tournament at the same level. And all because of a weak psychology, because Benoit can infuriate any trifle, starting with a child’s mistake, ending with a confident game of the opponent. When a nervous breakdown has already occurred, then he needs time to recover, but this doesn’t always succeed. It’s for this reason that Paire has in his arsenal everything he needs to compete at the highest level and continues to stagnate.
30-year-old Frenchman gives a very mixed start to the season, speaking at five tournaments. On the positive side, the Auckland finals can be noted, where Paire defeated Sinner, Monteiro, Millman and Hurkacz. And all in three sets in a familiar manner. Then he lost in the same format to compatriot Hugo Umber 6-7, 6-3, 6-7.
Benoit was not bad in principle at the Australian Open, stopping at the courts of Melbourne Park in the second round, losing to the Croatian Marina Chilich on the tie-break of the decisive game.
This was followed by two frank failures at the start of Pune and Rotterdam in the form of dry defeats from the Italian Roberto Marcora 4-6, 4-6 and Slovenian Aljaz Bedene 2-6, 4-6.
The Frenchman performs for the seventh time in the main draw of Marseille. Paire’s debut took place here in 2011. Since then, Benoit has missed three draws in 2012, 2014 and 2018. The main success is the semi-final of 2016, where there was a 3-set defeat from Marina Chilich 3-6, 7-6, 3-6. Last season, the “stalk” stopped in the 1/8 finals, finding no arguments against the Belgian David Hoffen 2-6, 3-6.
The 26-year-old Frenchman performs in Marseille for the second time. Gregoire made his debut here last season, having gone from qualifying to the 1/8 finals, noting one by one dry wins over Sebastian Ofner, Egor Gerasimov and Jiri Vesely. Then he unexpectedly lost in the same format to the Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 3-6, 4-6.
The Open 13 Provence 250 is the third indoor tournament for Barrere this season. Gregoire can boast the Montpellier quarterfinal, where he marked a strong-willed win over Grigor Dimitrov 6-7, 6-4, 7-5. But then he couldn’t cope with the Serb Filip Krajinovic 2-6, 5-7. Last week, the Frenchman played in Rotterdam, losing at the start of the main grid in three sets to Kazakh Bagel 3-6, 7-6. 4-6.
Barrere slowly but surely enters a completely different level of the game. After all, if before the Frenchman was criticized for being straightforward and predictable, now he is increasingly becoming involved in protracted exchanges of blows. Gregoire has become at times more confident to keep the ball in court and no longer makes a large number of unforced errors. But the player in his game still focuses on the cannon serve, and after every first ball or lumbago runs out to the net. However, Barrere is not able to compete on the ground.
Betting Tips Statistics
- Benoit Paire lost the last three of his three matches.
- In full-time head-to-head confrontation leads Benoit Paire with a score of 3-0. He won his last personal meeting with a score of (7:6), (6:4). In 2019, the match was held at the Metz tournament in Indore.
- For both, this coating is quite comfortable.
Paire vs Barrere Predictions
Since the beginning of the year, the burrer has held many worthy matches against the top 100 player, but almost everyone lost, in the fight, but still lost. In Rotterdam, he completely lost to Bagel, who is now far from his best form. As for Benoit Paire, he still has an indore season in a relaxed mode. The Frenchman lost to Marcora and Bedene, both in two sets and without much desire to win.
Paire is a small favorite according to bookmakers. The best option is a total over 2.5 sets.
- Our prediction: Benoit Paire will win