Paire vs. Nadal
|Date & Time||Sunday May 28, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Paire +1400 / Nadal -3300 -- Over/Under:
Rafael Nadal and Benoit Paire meet in the first round of the 2017 French Open.
Rafael Nadal heads into the French Open with a great deal of confidence after winning the Monte-Carlo Masters, Barcelona Open and Madrid Open. Nadal has won his last 14 sets played and has lost just one match since the final of the Miami Masters. We know that Nadal is considered the king of clay, but he’s taken his recent play to another level and is playing some of his best tennis we've seen from him in a while. Remember, it wasn't that long ago when some thought Nadal’s best tennis was behind him considering his inconsistencies and the fact he'll soon be 31 years old. Nadal has never lost in the first round of the French Open. Nadal has won 15 of his last 16 matches on clay court.
Benoit Paire heads into this tournament in inconsistent form, losing five of his last eight matches and splitting his last 10 sets. Paire has dropped quite a bit in the standings due to these struggles, and he hasn't had much success overall since his semifinal appearance in the Open Sud de France. Still, Paire is no pushover given his accomplishments throughout his career, and he's won at least one match in each of his last five French Open appearances. Paire has six career wins over top-10 players with one coming this year in the Madrid Open. Paire has been bounced in the first round of a grand slam twice since 2014. Paire has split his last six matches on clay court.
These two have played twice in the past and Nadal has won both meetings in straight sets. The most recent match was in the 2013 Madrid Masters. This will be their third meeting on clay.
Paire has shown us nothing over the last few months that suggests that he can hang with Nadal, who is in his comfort zone and playing terrific tennis at the moment. This is a more than favorable matchup for Nadal and it should result in a quick three set victory.