Cordoba Open 2022: Cristian Garin vs. Sebastian Baez Tennis Pick and Prediction

Cordoba Open 2022: Cristian Garin vs. Sebastian Baez Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Cordoba Open as Cristian Garin (3) meets Sebastian Baez in the Round of 16 on Wednesday January 2nd, 2022.

Third seeded Chilean will open his 2022 Cordoba Open campaign with a Round of 16 clash with the talented young Argentine Sebastian Baez. Garin is one of the premier clay court players in world tennis, but Baez is a fast-rising young player that oozes class, and has all the tools to mount a strong challenge. Does he have what it takes to cause the massive shock?

Cristian Garin is the third seed here at the 2022 Cordoba Open and is ranked #18 on the ATP Tour. The Chilean star has established himself as one of the best clay courters in the world, and has already won five titles on the surface. After a decent showing at the Australian Open where he won a pair of five setters before going down to Gael Monfils, he will be hoping to get his season back on track with a strong showing here on his preferred surface. Garin has a huge baseline game and is capable of overpowering anyone on a good day, and he will start as the big favorite against his younger opponent Sebastian Baez.

Sebastian Baez is unseeded here at the 2022 Cordoba Open and is ranked at a career-high #77 in the world. The young Argentine has turned heads with his play over the past few months, and is a potential breakout candidate in 2022. He took a set off Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open, and defeated veteran Fernando Verdasco in the First Round here, showing his quality. His next opponent Cristian Garin is one of the best players in the world on this surface, and Baez will have to be at his absolute best to have any sort of chance here.

This is the first time that the two players are meeting on the ATP Tour, and it should be a high-quality match. Both men are very comfortably on this surface, and are fierce competitors. Sebastian Baez is the big underdog on paper, but he has the quality to push Cristian Garin here, and it won’t be as easy as it appears. I think that it will go the distance, with the Chilean third seed ultimately winning. His experience will be the difference here, and while Baez will push him to the limit, he should have just enough to scrape through into the Quarter-Finals here at the 2022 Cordoba open.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Cristian Garin to win in 3 sets

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