Jaume Munar Clar vs Joao Sousa Tennis Prediction
This is the first meeting between these two players and this could be a potential banana skin for Sousa as Munar is an extremely talented clay courter. That said, the former world #28 has got the experience to negotiate this tricky challenge.
Joao Sousa News
Joao Sousa is entering Barcelona on the back of a successful run at Marrakech two weeks back, where he reached the semifinal and lost to the eventual champion Pablo Andujar in straight sets.
The Portuguese could not win back-to-back matches on tour in the first two months of the season, but since the beginning of March, he has played 13 matches and managed to win ten of them, including his two 6-4 6-4 wins over the Ymer brothers in the Davis Cup.
Joao Sousa has entered Barcelona five times in the past, and apart from facing a first round exit in 2014, he lost the second round matches in the other four occasions, with the recent defeat coming against Horacio Zeballos in 2017.
Jaume Munar Clar News
Jaume Munar Clar is offered a wildcard in Barcelona which will allow him to make a rare main draw appearance at this level. He was given a qualifying wildcard in 2017 and main draw wildcard in 2016, but could not register a win with any of them.
Jaume Munar entered three consecutive clay tournaments in the recent three weeks and managed to progressively improve his results by facing a first-round exit at Marbella Challenger, reaching the round of 16 at Alicante Challenger and semifinal at Barletta Challenger.
The 20-year-old Spaniard, who won 62 matches in 2016 and 43 matches in 2017, has won 8 singles titles so far in his career (7 ITF and 1 Challenger).
Munar reached the 2014 French Open boys’ final, where he lost to Andrey Rublev in the final. On his way to the final, he defeated top juniors such as Michael Mmoh and Quentin Halys.
Tennis Prediction: Joao Sousa