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Adrian Mannarino vs Ben Shelton Prediction and Odds: Miami Open 2023

Get ready for an electrifying second-round match at the Miami Open between the big-serving young American Ben Shelton and the French veteran Adrian Mannarino.

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

Adrian Mannarino vs Ben Shelton – Match Predictions

The world number 62 Mannarino and the world number 39 Shelton go head-to-head in round two. Our Miami Open predictions are in, so let’s see who comes out on top!

Total Sets – 2

Ben Shelton has a monster serve and if he gets going he can dominate easily. The American now faces a 34-year-old veteran Mannarino that has lots of experience but lacks the powerful weapons needed to be successful on hard courts.

We think this match will go one of two ways, but both lead to an easy win for one of the players. If Mannarino’s experience helps him to read Shelton’s serve and case damage the Frenchman should win easily. However, if the more likely scenario transpires and Shelton is unstoppable on his own serve he should win easily. Either way, we think there will be only 2 sets in this match.

Set 1 Over 10.5 Games

Shelton has an enormous serve and he rarely gets broken. He is not a very good returner though and often the sets go the distance. This is why we expect at least 11 games in set 1 of this matchup between two players that will be meeting for the first time and doesn’t know each other’s serves that well.

Shelton has played 11 matches on the tour this season and in those 13 of the sets went over 10.5 games. Mannarino is also a dogged fighter and 7 of his last 16 sets on the tour were long ones and went 11 games or more.

Adrian Mannarino vs Ben Shelton Preview

We’ve made some great predictions, so next, let’s look at the two players in more detail and their most recent form.

Adrian Mannarino

Veteran Mannarino is having a steady year. Without too many deep runs in tournaments, he’s been often able to win some matches often enough. Mannarino already has 2 quarterfinals this year, he also just reached round 3 of the Indian Wells when lost a close match against Jannick Sinner.

In round 1 of the 2023 Miami Open Mannarino had problems against the wildcard Chinese Shang but the Frenchman’s experience helped him to recover from losing the first set 1-6 and win the next 2.

Ben Shelton

Ben Shelton is having the best year of his young career so far. He reached the Australian Open quarterfinals, becoming famous for doing that without allowing a break of his serve in 62 consecutive service games.

Since the run in Melbourne Shelton’s form hadn’t been that good and he lost 3 of his last 4 games on the tour. That said 2 of those 3 defeats were against top 10 players and Shelton continues to dominate against players that lack the ability to return well his monster serves.

Mannarino vs Shelton Head to Head

This will be the first-ever meeting between the two.

Adrian Mannarino vs Ben Shelton Match Details

Miami Open tennis 2023

  • What is the scheduled start? The match will start on Saturday, March 25th.
  • On what surface is the match? The match will be played on an outdoor hard surface.
  • Who is the bookies’ favourite for the upcoming match? Bookmakers are strongly favouring Ben  Shelton (4/11) to win the match.


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Iskra

Iskra had a promising, at least she believed so, tennis and volleyball careers as a junior but a series of injuries ended her hopes to become a professional athlete very early.

Instead, she focused all her energy on her other passion, writing. For over a decade, Iskra had been a freelance sports writer. Football, basketball and tennis are the main fields of her expertise.