Some of the first round action at the 2021 WTA Abierto Zapopan Open will see Benoit Paire play Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune and Laslo Djere take on Pedro Sousa. Get the live streaming options along the predictions, preview and head to head for these matches along with Frances Tiafoe v Facundo Bagnis and Federico Delbonis v Andrej Martin.
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Benoit Paire v Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune Preview
World number 29 Paire will have an easy opening match at the Chile Open when he takes on the 17-year-old and 410th-ranked Rune. That said, one cannot be sure what can be termed as easy and what cannot when it comes to Paire given all that’s been happening on and off the court for him.
The Frenchman, who has never played Rune before this has won all of one match since the French Open last year, which came at the Cordoba Open late last month. That was followed by a crushing loss at the hands of Federico Coria in the quarterfinals.
Paire has already suffered five losses in total this season. So while Rune hasn’t played a lot of top-level tennis – 15 of his 20 matches have come at the Futures circuit – he sure will be no pushover if the Frenchman doesn’t taken him as seriously as he deserves to be.
After all, when it comes to rustiness, there’s no two ways that Rune is without any, having played in three qualifiers in this tournament as well and then beaten Sebastian Baez in the first round.
Paire v Rune Tip
Under 22.5 games in the match: 8/11 (bet365)
Laslo Djere v Pedro Sousa Preview
The 57th-ranked Djere will be up against the world number 110 Sousa in what will be their second meeting overall and first on the ATP circuit. The first time they had played was way back in 2016 on the Futures tour and Djere had won that second round match in straight sets.
They will continue to play on the same surface, with Djere starting off as a favourite for this one (4/11 to win this). The reason for that is quite simple – it’s the horribly poor form that Sousa has shown this year since winning his first round match against Li Tu at the Murray River Open in Melbourne right before the Australian Open.
Since then he lost three successive matches before finally going past Leonardo Mayer in the opener here.
Djere also didn’t have the best of starts, having to retire from his opener in Antalya and then losing in the opening rounds at both the Great Ocean Road Open and Australian Open. However, Djere is a clay-court specialist and he showed why by making it as far as the quarterfinal at the Buenos Aires Open last week.
Djere v Sousa Tip
Djere to win in straight sets: 10/11 (bet365)
Frances Tiafoe v Facundo Bagnis Preview
American and world number 64 Tiafoe will be facing Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis for a place in the quarterfinals as he looks to improve his overall head to head against him to 3-0. Those two previous meetings had come on the Challenger tour and the ATP tour and both of them on clay as well.
More vitally, the second of those two matches came at the Buenos Aires Open last week where Tiafoe was at his demolishing best in their first round match. Interestingly, what twists the plot a little bit is it’s not as if Bagnis is out of form; just prior to that defeat to Tiafoe, the Argentine had made it to the semifinal of the Cordoba Open, having started out as a qualifier.
And in the first round here, he defeated Marco Cecchinato in three sets as well to show what he is capable of. Now while Tiafoe also needed three tie-breakers to get past Nicholas Jarry in the first round, we believe this will be a tough one to call and could go to a third set.
Tiafoe v Bagnis Tip
Three sets in the match: 11/8 (bet365)
Federico Delbonis v Andrej Martin Preview
The only match that Delbonis and Martin played in before this at the ATP circuit came on the indoor hard courts of the Paris Masters last year and it saw Delbonis edge out Martin in a third set tie-breaker to move further in the qualifiers.
However, there have been three previous matches at the Challenger level and Delbonis leads 2-1 there, with all of those having come on clay.
Delbonis started off the season with a first round loss at the Great Ocean Road Open, and then directly featured on the clay court swing, starting with the Cordoba Open an Buenos Aires Open. At both those tournaments he made the second round before getting knocked out.
Earlier here he was a first round winner over Jaume Munar as opposed to Martin who didn’t see the second round at either of the aforementioned tournaments. Delbonis should hold the edge here.
Delbonis v Martin Tip
Delbonis to win: 4/6 (bet365)