TennisSection previews the 2022 Montpellier Open as Hugo Gaston takes on Soonwoo Kwon in the first round on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022.
Will Soonwoo Kwon come out here and spoil the party for the French crowd early on? Will Hugo Gaston show us again why he is so entertaining to watch, especially when he plays in his home country?
Soonwoo Kwon will be happy with his start to the 2022 season, going 3-3 in his matches, and pushing the likes of Denis Shapovalov to the limit in a tight 5 setter at the Australian Open. Soonwoo is an underrated player who has a great flat hitting game. With this, he is able to hurt his opponents who like to play with a high ball, and he can take a lot of time away from them. Soonwoo Kwon will come out here knowing that this will help him in indoor hard court conditions like we have here at the 2022 Montpellier Open. However, when in France, you cannot underestimate the amazing Hugo Gaston.
Hugo Gaston has not started the year off well in 2022, losing both of his matches so far this year. Gaston finished 2021 off in incredible fashion, making a huge name for himself. However, it is to wonder whether he is very dependent on the crowd to give himself the edge in matches. Tournaments in France, such as the 2022 Montpellier Open, do not come every week, so it will be interesting to see if Gaston can keep up his ranking in 2022. However, this week in France, he will want the crowd to be behind him, especially as he now meets Soonwoo Kwon.
Soonwoo Kwon and Hugo Gaston have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. Although this tournament is in France, I think that the form we saw from Gaston so far this year has not impressed me. Soonwoo, on the other hand, has been in great form and showing us that he is on a good path to find his form in ATP 250s in 2022. Gaston might be able to steal a set just through his drop shots and flamboyant game at times. However, when push comes to shove, he won’t have the game from the baseline here at the 2022 Montpellier Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Soonwoo Kwon in 3 Sets.
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