Montpellier (1st round) : Lorenzo Sonego – Hugo Gaston

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This will be a first between these two players.

Tournament history

This will be the first time that these two players will participate in the final draw of this ATP 250 in Montpellier.

Analysis

It is surprising to see Lorenzo Sonego in this tournament because he is usually used to travel to the American continent to play on his favorite surface (clay court).

After his Roland Garros 2020 where he beat Stan Wawrinka and put Dominic Thiem in trouble, many people thought they would see Hugo Gaston’s performances. It is clear that this was not the case. He was then eliminated in the second round of the Hamburg Challenger and then in the first round of the Masters 1000 in Paris Bercy. This season, he failed to win his first qualifying match for the Australian Open, and did not perform well in the last two Challengers he played.

All this to say that there is still a long way to go for Hugo Gaston. For this new match, the Frenchman will face a regular on the ATP circuit who knows how to play with a lot of seriousness and who is not used to giving up so easily.

Hugo Gaston obviously has a few weapons to come and annoy Lorenzo Sonego. I’m thinking in particular of his forehand which he knows how to play fast while finding excellent zones.

Nevertheless, it should also be pointed out that the French still concedes quite a lot on his service. His first balls are good, but he seldom manages to go over 60% and he discovers a lot on his seconds. Lorenzo Sonego isn’t the most incredible on the restart, and that’s why I think the Italian could manage more than once to put the Frenchman in trouble on his serves.

Lorenzo Sonego’s service is more interesting. He doesn’t concede as many opportunities on his games and manages to win a lot of free points.

In the rallies, Hugo Gaston will be able to play on his excellent moves to return many balls. But I’m afraid that his opponent’s power could force him to stay far behind his line. This will allow Sonego to keep his hand on the rallies but also to get to the net (and he likes it).

It should be known that this ATP 250 of Montpellier is played behind closed doors. Hugo Gaston could therefore not manage to play transcended. In addition, it should not be forgotten that he remains a Challenger player, who has never yet belonged to the Top 150.

Finally, it should be noted that Lorenzo Sonego has often managed to play well against left-handed players. Indeed, since 2018 in ATP tournaments, the Italian has played against 15 left-handed players and won 10 times.

If this tournament hadn’t been played in France, my confidence would probably have been even higher.

Prediction: Lorenzo Sonego wins

Medium risk

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