World No. 60 Arthur Rinderknech will battle compatriot Benjamin Bonzi in the second round of the 2022 ATP Stuttgart Open on Wednesday, June 8. Get the live streaming options of this Arthur Rinderknech v Benjamin Bonzi match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Arthur Rinderknech v Benjamin Bonzi Head to Head
Bonzi leads Rinderknech 2-1 in their head-to-head. At tour level, their only meeting before this took place at Indian Wells in March, with Bonzi running away with the win. While on the Challenger level, they have split wins with Rinderknech defeating his countryman in the Istanbul Challenger final and Bonzi getting his revenge in Rennes.
Rinderknech Extends Winning Streak
We have seen both sides of the coin as far as Arthur Rinderknech is concerned in recent months. After exiting Roland Garros in the first hurdle at the hands of Alexander Bublik – taking his losing streak to four successive matches – he dropped down to the Challenger Tour to summon a bit of balance and consistency.
Rinderknech is an accomplished performer at that level and proved his worth again at the Poznan Challenger last week as hoisted his fourth title, dropping just one set along the way.
His confidence was restored with that title win and looked like a completely different player in his first outing on the grass on Tuesday when he came from a set down to shock his higher-ranked countryman Ugo Humbert.
Humbert, it should be noted, is not operating close to his best level having lost a whopping 15 matches already this year. But on grass, he was clearly going to possess a superior surface advantage. He had won the biggest title of his career in Halle last season and a return to the lawns was perhaps the most critical change he needed to shake off an indifferent set of results.
But despite taking the first set 6-4, it was Rinderknech who upped his game in the second set tiebreak, as he won a pair of minibreaks to force a decider. The third set stayed on serve until the last game when Humbert crumbled to cede the match.
Bonzi Knocks Out Veteran Lopez
This could very well be Feliciano Lopez’s farewell year on the ATP Tour, but Benjamin Bonzi showed little empathy towards the Spanish veteran on the court.
Lopez, who had lost in each of his eight matches prior to this week, will have to go in search of his first win of 2022 at Queen’s as Bonzi stretched his losing run to nine matches.
In as much as the Spanish lefty was the more accomplished player on the surface, he lacked the sufficient weight in his shots and that extra pace in his legs to keep up with Bonzi, who is 15 years his junior.
The first set was competitive with Lopez needing to save three break points to avoid going a break down early on. But after a while, the Frenchman made his move, breaking to love in the tenth game to wrap up the set 6-4.
In the second set, Lopez had no answer to Bonzi’s hyper-aggressive return. The Frenchman also rained down six aces in the set, to romp to a 6-4 6-1 win in just 67 minutes.
Rinderknech v Bonzi Prediction and Tip
I think this match is on Bonzi’s racket. It is only a matter of time before Rinderknech runs out of gas following his exploits in Poznan.