World No. 49 and number six seed, Benoît Paire of France will take on Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands, the world number 105, in the second round of the 2021 Palermo Open on Thursday, July 22. Get the live streaming options of this Benoît Paire v Tallon Griekspoor match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Benoît Paire v Tallon Griekspoor Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first match between the 32-year old Frenchman, and the Dutch player, who is seven years younger.
Paire Missing the Olympics
In normal circumstances, Paire might have been in Japan right now, preparing for the Olympics with the French team, had he not been banned by his national tennis federation for behavioural issues.
Instead, he is left to concentrate on his tennis back in Europe, and the attempts he has to make to control his temperament which can sometimes upset his own efforts on a tennis court.
Paire began his campaign in Gstaad with a match against Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia, the world number 130 on Monday, and won, though he made heavy weather of it at times.
A case in point was the first set where, he went a break up but, serving to win the set, had to save five break points, and missed two set points of his own, before he was able to win the game.
He had break points in the second set, but so did Kovalik and, when none could be taken, a tie-break was required.
Paire proved much the more consistent of the two over the course of it, with Kovalik holding serve only once.
Griekspoor Translating Challenger Form to Senior Tour
Griekspoor has been in fine recent for on the Challenger tour, where he has won three titles in the past two months, the most recent of which was achieved in home soil in Amersfoort on Sunday.
He has now won 12 tournaments on the junior levels.
And, despite his exertions of the past few weeks, he was able to translate that form to the main ATP tour by beating the Argentine, Juan-Ignacio Londero in three sets in their first round match on Tuesday.
The first set was dominated by serve, with very few break opportunities. When one did come along, Griekspoor was unable to take it, but, when a second chance presented itself, he converted it.
However, Londero, the world number 140, hit back and forced an early break of his own in the second set, which he consolidated to level the match.
The third set with both men having break points, but none could be taken, and it developed once more into a service battle.
With nothing to separate them it went to a tie-break, but Londero’s form deserted him. He could only win one point on serve, and Griekspoor was able to claim the win in the end.
Paire v Griekspoor Prediction and Tip
Although the bookmakers make Griekspoor the marginal favourite, Paire is the higher ranked player for a reason and, if he can control his temperament, he has the all-round game to beat the Dutchman. And his recent form suggests he will put up a fight.