The first round matches of the Washington Citi Open begin today. This tournament ramps up the build of the North American swing.
As the players acclimate themselves to the hard courts, there are plenty of opportunities to make advantage wagers.
Benoit Paire vs. Peter Gojowczyk
Monday, August 01, 2022 – 05:50 PM EDT at John A Harris Grandstand
Two players who have had lackluster results lately will use this opportunity to turn things around. Let's take a look at these two players and how they match up.
Peter Gojowczyk Player Profile and Analysis
- Peter Gojowczyk is a 33 year old player from Germany ranked 110 in the world
- Gojowczyk has struggled this year and only won one main draw match on hard courts. Including qualifying, he is 5-9 on the year on hard courts.
- Gojowczyk has struggled with fitness problems this year and has retired in two different tournaments.
- Gojowczyk made the semifinals here in Washington in 2019. He racked up 4 impressive wins after entering the tournament as a lucky loser.
Gojowczyk played on the hard courts in Atlanta last week, qualifying, but falling in the first round to Adrian Mannarino.
He relies on speed and accuracy on his first serve. His serve is a strong weapon that he relies on when he's playing well.
The German can dial up power off both his forehand and backhand. He has a long take back on his forehand which allows him to really generate a lot of power, although it can make his defensive play on that side diminished.
Gojowczyk has a solid backhand, he can dial up the pace and is equally effective cross-court and down the line.
Benoit Paire Player Profile and Analysis
- Benoit Paire is a 33-year-old French player ranked 112 in the world.
- Paire was once number 18 in the world, but he is only 6-23 in 2022.
- Paire retired in the first round in Gstaad a couple weeks ago. Fitness has been an issue for him.
- Paire only won four games against Jenson Brooksby in his first hard-court match this summer.
Paire has a fearsome forehand. When he is on, he can be an impressive, aggressive player.
We have not seen that level play from him very often this season, however. He is the definition of mercurial and has not been playing with much fire or intensity as of late.
Paire is noted for not always giving his best on the tennis court. He definitely enjoys the lifestyle of a professional tennis player though, and can be seen enjoying the many cities in which the tour stops.
Both players are in the twilight of their career and have seen their athleticism diminished in recent years. Both have struggled with injuries this year.
Paire's Strong Points
Even though Peter Gojowczyk can dial up a lot of power on his forehand side, Benoit Paire should have the advantage in forehand beforehand rallies. That is, if he is concerned with trying to win this match.
Paire is popular and charismatic, and if he puts in a good effort, he will garner the support of the crowd.
Gojowczyk's Strong Points
Gojowczyk will have the advantage on the backhand side. His backhand is powerful and consistent.
Both men serve really well. However, I feel Gojowczyk has the serving advantage with the way that the two players are both playing right now.
Gojowczyk has a huge advantage on the mental aspect of the game. Paire has not shown a lot of interest in winning tennis matches as of late.
I don't see any way in which you can bet Benoit Paire right now. He's showing no interest in playing winning tennis, and instead seems to be using the tour as his personal vacation, hitting some tennis balls around here or there as he is sightseeing around the world.
Paire is a much more talented player, with a much higher ceiling, but he does not seem interested in fulfilling his potential anymore. At 33 years old, one has to wonder if he will make one last go of it, or if this will be the twilight of an interesting career.
If Peter Gojowczyk is able to stay consistent and just keep the ball in play, I think Paire will beat himself and give up. He's not shown much fighting spirit lately, and Peter Gojowczyk seems more concerned with making an impression on the tour.
This isn't much of a tennis strategy handicap, but more of an attitude handicap. However, it is pretty easy to bet against the player who has shown little to no interest in playing winning tennis as of late. Our bet for today's Washington Citi Open featured match is Peter Gojowczyk -2.5 games.
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