TennisSection previews the 2022 Rio Open as Benoit Paire takes on Francisco Cerundolo in the Round of 32 on Tuesday, February 15th, 2022.
Will Benoit Paire get the win at the 2022 Rio Open? Will Francisco Cerundolo pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where the Frenchman full of flare takes on the young Argentine. Who will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2022 Rio Open?
Benoit Paire has suffered a couple tough losses lately, blowing a couple leads particularly in his last tournament, where he choked a 5-0 40-0 lead, along with an overhead on top of the net on another matchpoint. These kidneys of mental lapses hold Paire back, but I expect him to get over that and take down Francisco Cerundolo, utilizing that beautiful 2-hander and being the aggressor to move on to the Round of 16 at the 2022 Rio Open.
Francisco Cerundolo suffered a close loss to Diego Schwartzman in Argentina, suggesting he is in form to take down the all over the place Paire. However, Paire is still playing decent with a nice run in Australia and a good game on the clay. Cerundolo will also be tired and won’t really be able to out-maneuver Paire like he can with other players at the 2022 Rio Open. Let’s see if Paire can meet expectations to take down the Argentine and move through to the next round of the 2022 Rio Open.
Benoit Paire and Francisco Cerundolo have met once before, with Francisco Cerundolo leading the head to head 1-0. They played last year around the same time in Argentina, with Paire losing the match after taking the first set, I expect him to take a different approach this time around though at the 2022 Rio Open, Paire has been getting better mentally, not taking anymore and trying to win. If he can stay consistent, he will take down Cerundolo to book a spot in the next round at the 2022 Rio Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Benoit Paire to win in 3 sets.
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