Washington Open 2021: Benoit Paire vs. Mackenzie McDonald Tennis Pick and Prediction

Washington Open 2021: Benoit Paire vs. Mackenzie McDonald Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 Washington Open as Benoit Paire (13) takes on Mackenzie McDonald in the Round of 32 on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021.

Will Mackenzie McDonald be able to get another big name win under his belt after his shocking win over Nick Kyrgios? Will Benoit Paire begin his US hard court season off strongly as he aims to turn around his season after a very up and down level of play? Both players can win this match if they are on top of their game, but only one will make their way to the Round of 16 of the 2021 Washington Open. Who will win?

Mackenzie McDonald shocked us all on Tuesday by beating the always entertaining Nick Kyrgios in straight sets 6-4/6-4. Nick did not seem very motivated to play in the match and this came shortly after he said in an interview that he is unsure whether he will continue playing as he has mixed feelings when he comes into tournaments. If Nick was motivated or even slightly motivated, Mackenzie McDonald would not have won that match, but because Nick was very sub-par, if gave McDonald the chance of getting himself in the Round of 32. Now, Mackenzie cannot expect to have an easier road ahead as he won, because he will meet other opponents like Benoit Paire who will come out motivated and they will give him a tough time at the 2021 Washington Open.

Benoit Paire has been able to find some more form recently, somewhat turning around his very sub-par first half of the season where he went like 10 matches without winning a match. Benoit reached the Quarter-Finals in Gstaad a few weeks ago and he pushed Casper Ruud to the edge. When Benoit is on top of his game, confident, and motivated, he is so hard to beat. Benoit will know that he has to be at his best now that he is meeting Mackenzie McDonald here at the 2021 Washington Open, and this will be a good match to see where his level is at going into the other tournaments this month.

Benoit Paire and Mackenzie McDonald have met 1 time before, with Benoit Paire leading the head to head 1-0. They met in 2019 in Lyon where Benoit won in 3 sets. I expect a tight match between these two players, as Benoit knows he can win as he has won against him before and he is much more experienced. However, Mackenzie will have the confidence after having beaten Nick Kyrgios. I don’t give much credit to McDonald in his win against Nick because the victory was more handed to him than earned, and for this reason I see Benoit Paire winning here to make his way to the Round of 16 of the 2021 Washington Open.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Benoit Paire in 3 Sets.

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