TennisSection previews the 2022 French Open as Nikoloz Basilashvili takes on Maxime Cressy in the first round on Monday, May 23rd, 2022.
Nikoloz Basilashvili will be targeting to return to winning ways when he faces big-serving American Maxime Cressy at the French Open. Basilashvili arrives in the French capital in dreadful form, and we are not entirely sure which version of the Georgian will turn up in Paris.
Nikoloz Basilashvili is the number 22 seed at this year’s French Open. But he has been woeful in recent months. With just seven wins all season, the Georgian is seeded significantly higher than what his current form suggests. But with Basilashvili, you cannot be entirely sure which version will turn up in a match. The Georgian has the ability to turn the tide in the most unimaginable way possible. He also has a penchant to play highlight reel shots. Simply put, when Basilashvili is dialed in, he can be a very difficult man to stop. But against the big-serving Maxime Cressy, things could get a little messy at the French Open.
Maxime Cressy is not known for his clay-court prowess, but if anything, the towering American has the ammunition of a humongous serve that could win him cheap points. On clay though, Cressy’s chances are slightly lower of posting record numbers, but he should make this competitive. He has a negative win-loss record on the surface throughout the professional circuit, but if there was one seeded player he would have been keen to face, it would most certainly be Nikoloz Basilashvili who is having a dismal run of results in 2022.
Nikoloz Basilashvili leads the head-to-head over Maxime Cressy 1-0. He beat the American on his own territory at last year’s US Open in straight sets. The Georgian is as mercurial as ever, but his talent is unquestionably top level. The surface should be major factor in this matchup and I expect Basilashvili to slow down the big-serving Cressy.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Nikoloz Basilashvili to win in four sets.
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