In a match on January 14 in Adelaide, Alex Bolt will try to give Pierre-Hugues Herbert a fight. Will the Australian succeed? – read in our prediction.
Erber completed his mission, defending last year’s accomplishments in Doha last week. This time the Frenchman defeated Marco Ceccinato (6-3, 6-4) and Laszlo Gyere (6-1, 6-3), but in the quarterfinals Pierre-Hugues did not manage to oppose anything to Andrei Rublev (4-6, 3-6) .
It is worth noting that in 2019 after the tournament in Doha, the representative of France did not play until the AO itself. This time he decided to get additional game practice. Still, he will have to defend last year’s third round, so this tournament will not hurt him.
A year ago, Bolt also reached the 1/16 finals of the AO. Now the Australian is facing a difficult task. In the world ranking, Alex takes 157th place. If he does not reach the third round of the first Major of the season, he risks flying out into the third hundred of the rating.
So far, Bolt has played just three Challenger fights in Canberra. First he went through Philippe Horansky (6-2, 6-1) and Briden Cord (6-2, 6-3). But in the quarter-finals he was stopped by Dominic Köpfer (6-3, 3-6, 5-7).
Statistics and personal meetings
- This will be the first personal meeting of these players.
- Erber won four games last year on hard. Bolt – 18.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert vs Alex Bolt Game Predictions
Alex has a fairly strong pitch. He also plays at home. Last year, support from the stands helped him beat Jack Sock and Gilles Simon. It is possible that this time the Australian will adequately speak to his native fans.
Erber came to Adelaide for additional training, so he is unlikely to lay bones here. Worth the risk.
Our prediction the handicap of Alex Bolt