Hugo Gaston vs Sebastian Korda
September 19, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Hugo Gaston +250 / Sebastian Korda -334
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Hugo Gaston will meet Sebastian Korda in the First Round of the 2022 Moselle Open in Metz, France. The match will be played on Monday September 19th, 2022 at approximately 12:00pm EST.
An interesting First Round match is upon us here at the Moselle Open. Young guns Hugo Gaston and Sebastian Korda will do battle in what could potentially be a mouth-watering clash. They are two of the top young players in world tennis but have been struggling at times, with no clear favorite here. Who will get the win?
Sebastian Korda is unseeded here at the Moselle Open and is ranked 49th in the world. The young American has long been considered a top promising talent, and he showed his potential with a breakthrough 2021 season where he won his first ATP title in Parma. However, this year really has not gone according to plan, although he has been better lately. After a disastrous start to the year he has found some form lately, reaching the Quarter-Finals at the Citi Open being his most notable performance. He will be hoping to finish the season with a bang but is up against it here, with a formidable opponent in Hugo Gaston, who has the added benefit of playing at home.
Hugo Gaston is ranked 85th in the world, and was lucky enough to make the main draw here at the Moselle Open when a few players withdrew. The talented lefty has shown flashes of his potential over the past few seasons but is yet to truly break out, being quite inconsistent at times. He is at his best on the clay where he utilizes a lot of variety, especially his elite drop-shot in order to throw his opponents off. He is less dangerous on these quicker indoor hard courts, mainly due to his lack of firepower, in particular his weak first serve. However, he is playing at home against an opponent that has struggled all year in Sebastian Korda, so he will be backing himself here.
This should be an entertaining match between two contrasting styles, with Sebastian Korda’s power and Hugo Gaston’s speed and guile. Gaston will have the French crowd behind him and is a true fighter, but I think he falls short here. Korda has not been great all season and must be low on confidence, but his firepower on his serve and forehand especially may be too tough for the Frenchman to handle. Gaston definitely has a chance here, but I give the edge to the American once he keeps his focus and the errors low. Back Korda to win outright, I don’t have confidence in the straight sets market.