For today we have our tennis pick for online betting: Simon G. vs Carballes Baena R. played at ATP – SINGLES: Marrakech (Morocco), clay.
This is the first meeting between these two players. Gilles Simon will be the overwhelming favorite if this match is played on any other surface, but on clay, Roberto Carballes Baena can make it a 50-50 contest, especially considering Gilles Simon’s recent struggles.
Gilles Simon News
Gilles Simon survived a rollercoaster first round match against Benoit Paire to avoid a second consecutive first-round exit. He previously lost his first round match at the Miami Open to Matthew Ebden a few weeks back.
It was a typical ‘Simon’ performance as he exchanged 12 breaks of serve in the three-set match that lasted just over two hours. After leading the match 6-2 *2-0 at one stage, he found himself 1-5 down in the deciding set tiebreaker before mounting a comeback.
Apart from winning the title at Pune in the first week of January 2018, Gilles Simon has failed to progress beyond the second round in the following eight tournaments, and he will be hoping to break the trend with a second-round win at Marrakech.
Roberto Carballes Baena News
Roberto Carballes Baena registered his 13th match-win on clay (in 2018) with a dominant win over Maximilian Marterer in the first round, 6-3 6-1. The Spaniard has won 13 matches so far in 2018 with all of them coming on the clay courts.
Since winning the title at Quito, the Spaniard has been struggling on tour (0/3 before Marrakech). He then played two Challenger events at home in the last two weeks, entering as the top seed, he faced a second-round exit at Marbella (lost to Kimmer Coppejans) before reaching the semifinal at Alicante (lost to Alex de Minaur).
Roberto Carballes Baena has now recorded his best Marrakech result with this second round appearance as he failed to get out of the qualifying stages here in 2017 (debut appearance).
Tennis Pick: Gilles Simon