TennisSection previews the 2023 Adelaide International 2 as Arthur Rinderknech takes on Marc-Andrea Huesler in the first round on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
Matches between Arthur Rinderknech and Marc-Andrea Huesler have been close affairs. We envisage their first-round bout at the 2023 Adelaide International 2 to follow suit. So who will prevail?
Arthur Rinderknech’s 2023 season began at the recently-concluded United Cup. He was France’s top-ranked male player in the team. He defeated Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina but lost his other rubber against Croatia’s Borna Coric. Ultimately, their tie against Croatia was decisive as they lost 3-2 and ensured they won’t progress beyond the group stage. For Rinderknech it was a great experience considering that he hasn’t played in this part of the continent for many years. Last year, he had a productive Australian summer, reaching the Adelaide International 2 final. So could he go one better this year?
Marc-Andrea Huesler, for his part, will be looking to keep his momentum going for the 2023 season. Huesler won his first ATP title last year at the Sofia Open and has climbed the ATP ladder, sitting at a career-high ranking of No. 55. The Swiss left, like Rinderknech, took part in the United Cup for Team Switzerland. He played second fiddle to Stan Wawrinka and scored two singles wins, but the Swiss could not qualify at the expense of Poland.
Arthur Rinderknech leads Marc-Andrea Huesler 2-1 in their head-to-head. The Frenchman’s victories have come on the Challenger Tour, while Huesler’s solitary win came in a qualifying match for the Halle Open last summer. This should be a tight one, as both players are very good servers, leaving almost no room for any returnable shots. With that said, this will be one of the toughest matches to call for the day, but Rinderknech’s more reliable baseline game might give him the edge. The Frenchman is also a former finalist at the Adelaide International 2, so he should be familiar with these court conditions.
Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Arthur Rinderknech in 3 sets.
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