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The Croatia Open brings an intriguing clash between Alexei Popyrin and Benjamin Bonzi in the first round. Both players have had months let alone weeks to forget and will hope to get started in Umag on the right foot. Get the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
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Alexei Popyrin vs Benjamin Bonzi – Match Predictions
Alexei Popyrin to Win
Bonzi triumphed in their only duel but that was back in August 2016. Neither star has been comfortable on the court in recent weeks and will be pleased to put the grass court swing behind them. On clay, it has been a different story for both. Bonzi has a 2-3 losing record while Popyrin boasts of 10-6 results, reaching the fourth round in Rome, while getting past the first hurdle in Marrakech, Monte-Carlo, and Banja Luka on clay. Based on this, we are backing a victory for Popyrin.
2-0 to Alexei Popyrin
While neither Popyrin nor Bonzi currently has the form to impose themselves, it is the Australian who has the credentials to triumph. His record on clay this season, coupled with seven straight-set defeats for Bonzi in seven matches swings the result in favour of the Australian ace. We are backing Popyrin to triumph 2-0 in this meeting, handing Bonzi another straight-set defeat.
Alexei Popyrin vs Benjamin Bonzi Preview
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in the Croatia Open.
Popyrin had a tough 2022 season and made a strong comeback in the first half of 2023, delivering impressive performances on both hard and clay surfaces. However, he encountered challenges during the grass swing, which affected his momentum. As he returns to clay for the Croatia Open, the Australian ace will be determined to regain his winning ways and showcase his skills on his preferred surface. With ten wins already on clay this year, he is aiming for another strong showing in the tournament.
Benjamin Bonzi’s recent form has been a bit of a struggle. He faced a three-month winless streak, and his attempt to break it during his recent outing in Gstaad was unsuccessful, as he was comfortably beaten in straight sets in the first round by Daniel Altmaier. Fitness problems affected his performance, leading to a decline in results. With his position in the top 100 of the ATP rankings at stake, Bonzi will be eager to find his form and confidence once again as he enters the Croatia Open.
Alexei Popyrin vs Benjamin Bonzi Head to Head
This is the second meeting between Alexei Popyrin and Benjamin Bonzi on the ATP tour, one that is seven years removed from the first. Bonzi triumphed in Ourense and will hope to improve his tally in Umag.
Alexei Popyrin vs Benjamin Bonzi Match Details
- When will this match start? This match starts at 17:00 GMT on 24 July.
- What was Alexei Popyrin’s last result? Popyrin tasted a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Dominic Stricker at Wimbledon.
- What was Benjamin Bonzi’s last result? Daniel Altmaier defeated Bonzi 2-0 in the Gstaad Open first round.
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