Two-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist and former World No. 6 Gilles Simon of France will clash with his countryman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, ranked 78th, in the first round of the 2021 Estoril Open on Monday, April 26. Get the live streaming options of this Gilles Simon v Pierre-Hugues Herbert match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Gilles Simon v Pierre-Hugues Herbert Head to Head
This would be the third time, when Simon and Herbert will be meeting each other on the ATP.
While, it was Simon, who won their maiden encounter in Marseille in 2015, Herbert eventually got his revenge in Indian Wells, when he defeated him in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open in the year 2018.
Simon in Strife in 2021
Simon, who came into prominence after he stunned the great Roger Federer in the Canadian Masters in 2008, has been in strife all through 2021. In fact, he hasn’t won back-to-back matches and has compiled a miserable 2-5 win/loss record so far this season.
Indeed, Simon is struggling and he is struggling big time as he has not been able to hit the ball with great depth and extreme pace. Also, he has been unable to lure his opponents in lengthy baseline exchanges, which used to be his strength, when he was at the peak of his game a couple of years ago.
The problem lies in his attitude as Simon has failed to rise to the challenge. We all know that when things are not going our way, we all have to show some sort of resilience and fight it out, but Simon, who is now ranked No. 70 in the world, has completely fallen apart.
It looks like he has lost the battle from within and is not willing to take the fight to his opponents. With his poor state of mind, Simon is actually helping his adversaries in winning their contests with ease.
Herbert’s Struggles Continue in 2021
Just like Simon, Pierre-Hugues Herbert have had a torrid time on the court in 2021. While, his win/loss record is slightly better than Simon, Herbert has experienced a similar fate in almost all the ATP events this year.
After a woeful hard court season, both in Australia and North America, the 78th-ranked Herbert suffered yet another heartbreaking and surprising loss in Monte Carlo, where he was beaten by the mercurial Australian Bernard Tomic in the first round.
The defeat to Tomic was indeed a shocker, considering the fact that the fiery Australian is not known to possess a game, which could create massive problems for his rivals on the red dirt. Moreover, Tomic doesn’t like the surface at all and over the years, he too has had his share of troubles on clay.
Undoubtedly, an unconfident Herbert is arriving in Estoril and if does reach the second round of the tournament, it would do a world of good to his confidence. But, it looks a big task at the moment.
Simon v Herbert Prediction and Tip
Because of his experience and comfort level on clay, Simon is a slight favourite to win this match, probably in a tight three setter. However, Herbert could spring a surprise, if he is able to keep up the pressure on Simon throughout the encounter.
Tip: Simon to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)