2019 Rogers Cup – Benoit Paire vs Richard Gasquet Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Benoit Paire vs Richard Gasquet taking place? IGA Stadium, Montreal

When is Benoit Paire vs Richard Gasquet on and what time does it start? Monday 5th August, 2019 – 23:30 (UK)

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

Where can I stream Benoit Paire vs Richard Gasquet? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match on their platform

Where can I get tickets for Benoit Paire vs Richard Gasquet? https://sport.bt.com/live-on-bt-sport-01364117948039

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Richard Gasquet beat Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-3

BENOIT PAIRE

  • Benoit Paire endured a frustrating Wimbledon campaign last month after dispatching some plucky challengers to reach the round of 16 before he was shut out by a combative Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets.
  • The Frenchman may have carried his frustrations over to his next tournament after a first-round exit to compatriot Jeremy Chardy in Hamburg, but he has moved one place up to world number 29 after his SW19 efforts.
  • Having played the grass Grand Slam and then a clay court ATP event, the 30-year-old now travels to Montreal to face another Frenchman, Richard Gasquet, on a hard court for the fifth time.

RICHARD GASQUET

  • Richard Gasquet became the second victim of compatriot Jeremy Chardy’s Hamburg Open campaign after his opponent here, Benoit Paire, lost to Chardy in the first round.
  • World number 66 Gasquet is having a difficult year with a 9-9 record and it is hard to tell at this stage if he is dwindling at 33 years old or simply in a dirge.
  • The one-handed backhand extraordinaire does hold a handsome 6-1 head-to-head record over Benoit Paire however, losing just the once to him on clay in 2018, and he has won all four matches played on a hard court thus far.

THE PREDICTION

It was difficult to watch at times in Benoit Paire’s round of 16 match with Roberto Bautista Agut, four weeks ago today, as the Frenchman found himself unable to establish a rhythm and looked a worse player for it. Paire was having an excellent season before coming up against the eventual semi-finalist, and will fancy his chances here against Richard Gasquet despite his big deficit in their head-to-head. The elder Frenchman appears to be at a crossroads in 2019 between falling away at 33 years old or taking a leaf out of fellow veterans Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco’s book. Right now, he is there for the taking.

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