French tennis superstar, Benoit Paire has made it into the final of the 2019 ATP Grand Prix Hassan II in Morocco. At this stage of the tournament, Benoit Paire will play against Pablo Andújar from Spain.
Pablo Andújar had a big win in the previous round as he defeated Gilles Simon from France. It was a dominant performance by Pablo Andújar as he only lost 2 games in the entire match. During the win, Pablo Andújar received serve exceptionally well as the Spaniard won 57% of his receiving points which allowed him to break Gilles Simon’s serve on 5 occasions. Pablo Andújar also served well as he won the 100% of his service games. Andújar has an exceptional record at this venue as he is the reigning champions.
On the other side of the coin, Benoit Paire beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 3 sets in the previous round. It was a close match where Paire lost the opening set but fought back well to win the final 2 sets and the match. Paire won 5 return games during the win and his receiving was vital in setting up the victory. It is important to note that Benoit Paire struggled with his own serving as he lost 4 service games.
Pablo Andújar and Benoit Paire have played each other 4 times in the past. Pablo Andújar has beaten Benoit Paire on 1 occasion while Paire has won against Andújar 3 times. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season where Pablo Andújar won.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Pablo Andújar to win. Paire has had a strong tournament but Pablo Andújar has looked in better form and it was best displayed in the previous round where he completely dominated against a top player in Gilles Simon. Pablo Andújar has an outstanding record at this venue and I see him winning this title again.