TennisSection previews the 2022 Cordoba Open as Benoit Paire takes on Jaume Munar in the Round of 32 on Monday, January 31st, 2021.
Will Benoit Paire get the win? Will Jaume Munar pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have the ecstatic Frenchman taking on a tough opponent. Who will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2022 Cordoba Open?
Benoit Paire played a pretty good Australian Open, exceeding expectations to take down Dimitrov in the second round and taking a set off eventual semi-finalist and world no.4 Stefanos Tsitsipas. Paire has a pretty good game for clay courts, where his weaker forehand won’t hurt him as much, and he can still use his masterful backhand to his advantage and use his incredible touch to hit his famous drop volleys and drop shots. It will not be easy against Jaume Munar, who plays a very good game himself and loves his clay. Let’s see if Paire can take down Munar and progress to the Round of 16 at the 2022 Cordoba Open.
Jaume Munar played at a high level at the 2022 Australian Open, drawing top player Aslan Karatsev in the first round, but pushing him to 5 sets and playing super aggressive tennis. He has a good shot at taking out Benoit Paire here, who is the most inconsistent player on the ATP Tour. Still, Paire has shown that he has a top 20 level at his best, and that’s not something Munar has been able to produce. I expect Paire to get this one done, but it will not be easy as the two clash for a spot in the Round of 16 at the 2022 Cordoba Open.
Benoit Paire and Jaume Munar have met 3 times before, with Benoit Paire leading the head to head 2-1. Their first 2 meetings came in 2019, with Paire winning pretty easily, Munar won their third in 2021, probably Paire’s worst season of his career where he dealt with constant mental fatigue and injuries, often not trying and retiring from matches, which is exactly what happened there. If Munar can play aggressively, he will defeat Paire who has a rather lackluster defense, but if he gets into too many rallies, Paire will use his skill to take it to Munar and grab the win to book his spot in the Round of 16 at the 2022 Cordoba Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Benoit Paire to win in 3 sets.
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