Adelaide Open 2022: Laslo Djere vs. Roberto Carballes Baena Tennis Pick and Prediction

Adelaide Open 2022: Laslo Djere vs. Roberto Carballes Baena Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Adelaide Open as Laslo Djere takes on Roberto Carballes Baena in the first round on Monday, January 3rd, 2022.

Will Laslo Djere make a winning start to his 2022 campaign? Will Roberto Carballes Baena translate his clay court prowess to hard courts? This is a meeting between two players who simply don’t have a penchant for hard courts. So who will have the nous to get the first W at the 2022 Adelaide Open?

Laslo Djere pretty much prefers to play on clay courts. He has won two ATP titles, the biggest of which came in that emotion-sapping week in Rio in 2019. Djere, who was a virtually unknown fringe player memorably defeated Dominic Thiem en route to the title without dropping a set. He would break down into tears in his post match interview as he confessed the tumult and pain of losing his parents. But Djere has found a source of inspiration and a stoic attitude that saw him rise to a career-high ranking of World No. 27. Djere developed into a vastly challenging opponent on clay courts, but he failed to defend his title in Sardinia last year. He is currently hovering just outside the world’s Top 50 as he makes his bout at the 2022 Adelaide Open to face Roberto Carballes Baena. 

Roberto Carballes Baena tasted title triumph in 2021 on the ATP Challenger Tour. The Spanish baseliner posted an 18-8 record on that level, taking home the Belgrade Challenger last April. In contrast his record on ATP Tour is a mediocre 11-17. He played in just a handful of non-clay events last year without making an impression. In his 11th season on the professional circuit, the 28-year-old has not been an ever-present on the ATP Tour during the first week of the season. But that has changed this time as he prepares to face Laslo Djere for just the second time at the 2022 Adelaide Open.

Roberto Carballes Baena has a slender lead to protect in the series at the 2022 Adelaide Open. He defeated Laslo Djere in their only meeting before this in the first round in Lyon in 2018. It was indeed a slugfest, with the match needing two tiebreak sets and a decider to determine the outcome. Tuesday’s match should follow suit if recent history is anything to go by. Historically, none of these players are pacesetters during the opening week of the season. However, I expect Carballes Baena to go against the grain here. He was highly competitive during the last month of the regular season last year. The Spaniard took sets off the likes of Kevin Anderson and Jenson Brooksby in qualifying events in Vienna and Paris Bercy respectively. With that being said, this looks like a winnable opener for Carballes Baena.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Carballes Baena in 3 Sets.

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