Paire vs. Lopez
Far from the clay-court specialists that Spain typically produces, Feliciano Lopez is one of the most successful active players on grass. Known as one of the last few remaining serve-and-volleyers on the ATP World Tour, Feliciano’s playing style is not as effective on clay as it is on faster surfaces. Adding to this, Monte Carlo’s red dirt is one of the slowest surfaces on the calendar with Lopez winning only 29.41% of the matches played throughout his career on this event.
Benoit Paire hopes to rediscover top form in Monte Carlo after a disappointing defeat against Gilles Simon in Marrakech. Known as one of the most talented players in the game, the 28-year-old holds great memories from this event after reaching the 3rd round in 2016. Adding to this, playing on clay brings the best out of Paire with the talented Frenchman winning his lone ATP singles title on the clay of Bastad in 2015.
This will be the 3rd career meeting between these two players with each of them winning one of their previous two encounters on the ATP World Tour.
Despite the balance on the h2h, the slow court conditions in the Monte Carlo Country Club should benefit Benoit on this match-up. On the other hand, Paire didn’t drop a single set on their most recent encounter at the Open Sud de France in 2017. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on Benoit’s moneyline at 73/100 at green listed bookmaker William Hill as the best betting approach for this contest.
Best Play: Benoit Paire ML at 73/100 at William Hill