2022 Millennium Estoril Open
This match up is between a future Top 10 player in Korda, and a challenger level player who has just progressed to highest level in Bonzi. Bonzi has had considerable success on the Challenger tour, which makes him a good player. He is entering into his prime and has doubled his career wins and matches at tour level this season.
But primarily he is a hard court player. His movement on clay isn’t elite. Particularly the way he slides into shots at his end range.
While Korda also prefers hard court , he has the power to get Bonzi at his end range consistently and therefore, will dictate play.
Prediction: Korda in straight sets
Munich BMW Open 2022
Egor Gerasimov (ATP #150) vs Botic Van De Zandschulp (ATP # 40)
An interesting match up on clay. Munich traditionally is a slow clay court. This could help Gerasimov defuse the big hitting of BVDZ.
The 30 year old Gerasimov has played a lot of clay court tennis in last 2 weeks. This will be his 8 match, with 3 of them going 3 sets.
That’s a lot of miles in his legs for a 30 year old who isn’t used to playing that much tennis.
And he is going up against one of the biggest shot makers in men’s tennis. The slower court is actually an advantage to him when not playing against the top clay courters.
Prediction: I think BVDZ wins in straight sets