2020 Open 13 Provence – Benoit Paire vs Alexander Bublik Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Benoit Paire vs Alexander Bublik taking place? Palais de Sports de Marseille, Marseille, France

When is Benoit Paire vs Alexander Bublik on and what time does it start? Wednesday 19th February, 2020 – not before 19:20 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Benoit Paire vs Alexander Bublik? Cloudy, 13c

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

Where can I stream Benoit Paire vs Alexander Bublik in the UK? Tennis TV subscribers may be able to stream the match

Where can I get tickets for Benoit Paire vs Alexander Bublik? Click here to purchase tickets for the 2020 Open 13 Provence Open

Who won the last meeting between Benoit Paire vs Alexander Bublik? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

BENOIT PAIRE

  • Benoit Paire was in good form against fellow Frenchman Gregoire Barrere in the first round of the Marseille Open and registered an excellent win percentage on his first serve of 91%.
  • The world number 20 has been busy in 2020, with this his sixth tournament already, but he has been on a poor run of form since learning to another Frenchman, Ugo Humbert, in the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland.
  • Since then the 30-year-old has won just one of four matches by scraping past world number 154 Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in a five-set first-round match at the Australian Open.

ALEXANDER BUBLIK

  • Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik came through a topsy-turvy encounter with in-form Marton Fucsovics in straight sets to kick-start his Open 13 Provence campaign on a strong note.
  • In an odd twist of the draw, Bublik will face Benoit Paire just a day before their round of 16 clash on Wednesday as they face-off in the men’s doubles here on Tuesday afternoon.
  • 22-year-old Bublik is an exciting young player and played out an excellent match with Andrey Rublev at the Rotterdam Open last week, eventually losing in a well-contested straight-sets defeat.

THE PREDICTION

The baselines will see some punishment in this first meeting between Benoit Paire and Alexander Bublik and this has all the hallmarks of a long match indeed. The young Kazakh is an interesting prospect with plenty of exciting weapons, but he does seem to lack a collected ability to break into the top 50 with any real conviction, whereas world number 20 Benoit Paire is the more consistent player without too much in the way of flashy shot-making. The Frenchman should come through here in front of a home crowd but Bublik could well take a set.

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