Elliot Benchetrit vs. Alexei Popyrin - 6/14/20 Ultimate Tennis Showdown Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Elliot Benchetrit vs. Alexei Popyrin - 6/14/20 Ultimate Tennis Showdown Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Alexei Popyrin vs. Elliot Benchetrit - 2020 Ultimate Tennis Showdown

Sunday, June 14 2020

TV: EUROSPORT

As a result of day 1 being postponed due to bad weather, Day 2 is now the inaugural day at the 2020 Ultimate Tennis Showdown! With this postponement, new matches are here! In the first match of the day, we see two youngsters coming up against each other in what should be a very tight match. Will Alexei Popyrin use his experience on bigger stages to take advantage of the less experienced Elliot Benchetrit, or will Benchetrit's experience at the Mouratoglou Academy come in help?

Alexei Popyrin is one of the most exciting youngsters on tour. Popyrin, however, has not made it big on the main stage like Tsitsipas or Zverev. Popyrin has a lot of potential and he is surely going to be one of the best in the world one day. Popyrin is strong and agile, whilst also being really quick on the court. Popyrin's forehand is his best asset and he is able to paint the lines with his pinpoint accuracy. Popyrin will be happier that now this is his first match as he will not be facing a much-experienced player in Feliciano Lopez just yet.

Elliot Benchetrit has not got much experience on the main tour and he is 1-4 in his 5 ATP Tour matches. Although this is not an ATP Tour match, this lack of experience can hurt him in the tournament. Benchetrit is more of a challenger level player and he will have to bring out his best tennis if he wants to compete with the best here at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown. However, Benchetrit has an advantage in experience in one aspect. Benchetrit plays a lot at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy and he is used to these courts. Will this enable him to feel at home and pull off the upset?

These two have met once before, and shockingly, Benchetrit won the match. This was in the Round of 16 at the Lisbon Open in 2019, with Benchetrit winning 6-4/6-2. This match was on clay, and that is not Popyrin's strong surface for his game. With this match being played on hard courts, I see Popyrin getting revenge for this and showing us who has the most potential out of the youngsters. 

Alexei Popyrin to win.

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