Paire vs. Lopez / ATP Monte Carlo – First eight seeds at the tournament in Monte Carlo is free in the first round and due to that reason choice of pairs is a bit limited. However, there is a match that should draw attention of spectators in Monte Carlo and it is the one between French B. Paire and Spaniard F. Lopez. Begins: 17.04.2018 – 11:00 CET
Paire is far from form that he had two years ago when he occupied solid 18th place in the ATP rank list. The French player comes to Monte Carlo as World’s no. 47 and he has win/loss ratio this season of 10 wins and 7 losses. In his career Paire managed to win one ATP title, which happened in 2015 in Bastad. Number of titles could have been bigger given that Paire played in four finals that he lost.
The French played the best this season at the beginning of year when he reached the semi-final of tournament in Pune where he lost to K. Anderson. After that he reached another semi-final, at the tournament in Sydney, where A. de Minaur defeated him. He disappointed at the Australian Open where he couldn’t go further than the first round when he lost to Garcia Lopez, but he did well at the Masters in Miami, where he reached the third round when F. Krajinovic defeated him.
Lopez, given his veteran age, occupies solid 31st place in the ATP list. He won eight matches this season and lost one fewer. In 21 year of professional career Lopez won six ATP titles out of which the last one comes from the tournament in Queen’s Club last year. It is interesting that Lopez is one of rare Spanish players who won just one titles on clay courts, while all others were won on fast surfaces.
The season didn’t start in the best way for Lopez given that he lost his first match of the season to M. Basic in the second round of tournament in Doha. The Spaniard did a bit better at the tournament in Sydney, where he reached the quarter-finals but lost to A. de Minaur. Lopez made the best result this season at the Masters in Indian Wells where he played in the round of 16 when he lost to S. Querrey.
B. Paire – F. Lopez PICK
This is going to be the third match between the two players. Out of previous two each player won by one, but neither of them was played on clay courts. We have said before that Lopez played the best on fast surfaces and consequently Paire, who will enjoy good support from the stands, has a slight advantage.
Pick: Paire wins
Odds: 1.73 at williamhill (down to 1.68 can be played)