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As the French Open 2023 gets underway, all eyes are on the thrilling first-round match between Ben Shelton and Lorenzo Sonego. Expect a captivating battle between these two competitors, filled with intense rallies and moments of brilliance, as they vie for victory on the iconic red clay of Roland Garros. Read our ATP French Open predictions in this article.
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Ben Shelton vs Lorenzo Sonego – Match Predictions
Over 37.5 Games
It is highly likely that this enthralling contest will go the distance, resulting in over 37.5 games played. Both players possess a strong fighting spirit and an ability to push their opponents to the limit. With their previous encounter producing a close battle at the Cincinnati Masters, one that saw 34 games to decide the winner, their encounter at the French Open is expected to be no different. Anticipate a display of exceptional shot-making, strategic brilliance, and relentless determination, all contributing to a thrilling contest that is set to exceed the game count of 37.5.
Ben Shelton to Win
In a match that promises to be a hard-fought battle, we are backing Shelton to emerge as victorious against Sonego. Both players have struggled to find their rhythm on the European clay court swing of the ATP Tour, making this encounter a tossup. However, Shelton holds the advantage with his previous win over Sonego at the Cincinnati Masters in 2022. With his impressive performances in recent tournaments and his relentless determination, the American is the one to back in this highly competitive matchup. He can call upon his quarter-final run in the Australian Open to push him forward, an experience Sonego cannot match.
Ben Shelton vs Lorenzo Sonego Preview
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in the French Open.
The 20-year-old American showcased his potential at the Australian Open earlier this year, where he reached the quarterfinals. What makes Shelton’s achievement even more remarkable is that he had limited international experience prior to this tournament. However, he has quickly adapted to unfamiliar playing conditions and has shown considerable progress on European clay courts. With notable second-round finishes in Estoril and Barcelona, as well as strong performances against established opponents, Shelton is poised to make a mark in his French Open debut.
The experienced Italian player has consistently displayed a high level of performance on the tennis circuit. Soengo achieved a significant milestone in his career with a round-of-16 appearance at the French Open in 2020. Last year, he came close to replicating that success, falling just short in a thrilling five-set battle against Casper Ruud in the third round. While he has faced challenges against top-ranked opponents, preventing him from securing notable victories, Sonego’s skill and determination are undeniable.
Ben Shelton vs Lorenzo Sonego Head to Head
This is the second meeting between Ben Shelton and Lorenzo Sonego on the ATP tour. The young American triumphed in three sets against Sonego at the 2022 Cincinnati Masters.
- 16/08/22 Ben Shelton won 2-1 (Cincinnati Masters, Hard)
Ben Shelton vs Lorenzo Sonego Match Details
- When will this match start? This match starts not before 15:00 GMT on 28 May.
- What is the prize money for Roland Garros in 2023? The total prize money for the 2023 edition stands at €43.9 million. The Men’s and Women’s Singles winner will take home €2.3 million apiece.
- Who are the top seeds of the French Open? Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek are the top seeds in men’s and women’s singles events.
- Where can I watch French Open 2023 in the UK? This match will be available on Eurosport for fans in the United Kingdom
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