World number 57 Aljaz Bedene will be up against Frenchman Gilles Simon in the first round of the 2021 Lyon Open on Monday, May 17. Get the live streaming options of this Aljaz Bedene v Gilles Simon match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Aljaz Bedene v Gilles Simon Head to Head
There have been four previous meetings between Bedene and Simon but none of them have come on clay. Bedene leads 3-1.
Their rivalry began at the 2015 Winston-Salem Open where Bedene won in three tie-breakers, before a hard-fought victory followed four years later in Metz.
That very season in Vienna, Bedene made it 3-0 before Simon got one back at the 2020 Marseille Open.
Bedene 9-8 This Season
Things haven’t been too different for Bedene this season from the previous one. The Slovenian 31-year-old had finished the 2020 season on a 14-13 win-loss record and enters this competition in Lyon with nine wins to eight defeats this year.
And while he has shown the odd spark of brilliance, Bedene’s overall performance has left a lot to desire.
He began well by reaching the third round at the Great Ocean Road Open and then slumped to an opening loss at the Australian Open. Another quarterfinal at Dubai followed soon after and even when he switched over to clay, Bedene reached the last eight stage in Cagliari.
Unfortunately none of that has transformed into a distant run at competitions in Belgrade and Rome just before this. At the former, Bedene did carve out a win over Sebastian Korda but then fell to Aslan Karatsev.
And then at the Rome Masters, the Slovenian made the main draw as a lucky loser before crashing out in round one at the hands of Jan-Lennard Struff.
Can he better those performances here?
Simon’s Won Just Two This Year
The Frenchman has done as well on clay as other surfaces in the past to be called a specialist in any of them, and five clay court tournament wins bear testimony to that fact.
However, the former world number six and now 36 years in age, Simon’s recent struggles have been well-chronicled. This year he has won just two matches, an opening round victory at both the Murray River Open and then again at the Cagliari Open.
More recently, he is on a three-match losing streak that began in Cagliari where he lost to Lorenzo Sonego. Simon followed that up with defeats at the hands of Pablo Andujar in Barcelona and Pierre-Hugues Herbert at the Estoril Open, leaving him with a rather underwhelming 2-6 win-loss record.
And while his opponent here hasn’t been in best of form himself, Simon will need to dig real deep to carve out a rare win.
Bedene v Simon Prediction and Tip
Bedene is an obvious favourite at 4/6 against a player who has won just two matches all season. While Simon can be expected to put up a solid fight, backing Bedene to come through in three sets.