These two earthlings have already clashed 4 times in the last two years. Jaume Munar leads in this head-to-head with 3 victories, including the last two on clay.
Federico Delbonis has already participated once in this ATP 250 of Santiago. It was the year and he had reached the quarterfinals. The Argentinean had won against Martin Klizan and Salvatore Caruso, before falling against Casper Ruud (who then lost in the final).
Jaume Munar will also play this Chilean tournament for the second time in his career. Last year, he was eliminated in the first round by his compatriot Roberto Carballes Baena (in 3 sets).
I’m not really excited about Federico Delbonis’ latest performances. His last 4 matches on this surface show that he is not really confident and that he has difficulties to take initiatives systematically. I also have a doubt about his physical shape and his ability to play for a long time with the same intensity.
Jaume Munar is doing better on clay since the beginning of the season. He won the Antalya 1 Challenger at the end of January, and reached the Antalya 2 final in the process. He then moved on to Argentina, where he crashed his first match in Cordoba, which he should have won (he was serving for the match against Jarry before hitting himself). In Buenos Aires, he came out of the qualifiers and reached the quarter-finals (logical defeat against Schwartzman).
All this to say that Jaume Munar is on a much better dynamic than Federico Delbonis who can’t win more than one match in a row this season.
Tennis-wise, the Spanish’s priority will be to neutralize the excellent forehand of the Argentinian left-handed player. Indeed, it is a weapon that allows Delbonis to antagonize more than one opponent. This surface also allows him to take the time to let go of it, and that does some damage.
Jaume Munar has what it takes to put a stop to Delbonis’ forehand. He also has an excellent forehand which, played crosscourt, will force his opponent to use his backhand which is much less sexy. Insisting on this side will allow the Spanish to prepare his attacks and get inside the court. It’s also worth noting that Munar manages to offer very good ball lengths, and I have no doubt that this will set Federico Delbonis back more than once.
What also interests me about Jaume Munar is his good mobility which allows him to be on many balls and force his opponents to play an extra shot. Federico Delbonis doesn’t seem to be on his feet lately (and his movements are quite heavy). Jaume Munar could well make him lose his lucidity.
A point of attention that prevents me from putting my highest trust in this match. Jaume Munar has never yet managed to get through the first round of this tournament, unlike Federico Delbonis who had a good feeling last season.
Prediction: Jaume Munar wins