2019 Cincinnati Masters – Fernando Verdasco vs Benoit Paire Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Fernando Verdasco vs Benoit Paire taking place? Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason

When is Fernando Verdasco vs Benoit Paire on and what time does it start? Tuesday 13th August, 2019 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Fernando Verdasco vs Benoit Paire? Partly cloudy with a temperature around 30c

What channel is Fernando Verdasco vs Benoit Paire on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Fernando Verdasco vs Benoit Paire? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match live va their platform

Where can I get tickets for Fernando Verdasco vs Benoit Paire? https://www.wsopen.com/Tickets/

THE LOWDOWN

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FERNANDO VERDASCO

  • Fernando Verdasco chose the less-travelled pre-US Open route of clay court tournaments before entering the Cincinnati Open here, losing to Albert Ramos-Vinolas in Sweden and Switzerland and Lorenzo Sonego in Austria.
  • 35-year-old Verdasco will be unhappy with these three early exits on his favoured surface but it will have taken him some time to get over his round of 16 loss to David Goffin at Wimbledon last month following some masterful displays.
  • Verdasco’s best showing at this tournament is two round of 16 exits in 2008 and 2011 and he has exited at this stage in his last two seasons in straight sets.

BENOIT PAIRE

  • Benoit Paire became the first surprise victim of a resurgent Richard Gasquet at last week’s Rogers Cup but had previously impressed on a hard court, reaching the quarter-finals of the Citi Open in Washington.
  • The 30-year-old has played a mammoth 43 matches this year with a 24-19 record to show for his most successful year on court, winning titles in Morocco and his native France.
  • Paire has reached the second round of the Cincinnati Open twice before, losing out to Novak Djokovic in 2015 and David Goffin at last year’s tournament, but he is well equipped this year to better that.

THE PREDICTION

Four ATP rankings separate these two players who have not yet faced each other, remarkably, in their long careers. 35-year-old Fernando Verdacso has had an excellent year but his poor showings at the three clay-court tournaments he has played in the past weeks suggest he is tiring as the 2019 season rolls towards its conclusion. Meanwhile, Benoit Paire has fluctuated between frustration and excellence this year and looks good to reach the second round here.

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