The second round of Marrakech ATP 250 between Gilles Simon and Guido Andreozzi. Seems what’s going to be an interesting encounter. Both talented players will play in a serious confrontation. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Gilles Simon one of the most recognizable French players of his generation. Multiple ATP titles winner and a former top 10. Simon is already 34 and he’s not far from retirement it seems. At least last three years or so would show that as he’s on a decline. Though he managed to win two titles in this period, he struggles with consistency which was his strength all throughout his career. This season’s stats are 10 wins and 8 losses already. This weak Frenchman started his claycourt campaign with a comfortable win against Slovakia’s Jozef Kovalik in the first round.
Simon is a counter puncher and relies mostly on defense and opponents mistakes. He can be aggressive when he wants to but rather chooses to patiently hit from the baseline all day long until someone misses and usually it’s the other guy. Has a decent first serve can get some free points when the percentages are up. Second, serve is very weak though. Has a worlds class backhand but not a great forehand. His strengths are his conditioning, Gilles can really run all day long, a high tennis IQ and mental strength, which allowed him to come out on top against loads of more talented and powerful players than him throughout the years.
Guido Andreozzi – Argentinian claycourt specialist. Guido is really showing some solid tennis. 5 challenger titles last year (all on clay) is an achievement not a lot can brag about. Though Guido hasn’t won many matches this season he still had some good wins on hardcourt which is obviously not his favorite surface against Millman, Kukushkin. Today however he beat a very good player and even better player on clay Spaniard Albert Ramos in the first round.
Can’t tell you much about the playing style as Guido is your cliche clay court player. A patient baseliner with all the requirements to be a decent clay court player on the Challenger tour and now and again breaking through to the main draw in lower ranked ATP clay events.
Players haven’t met before previously.
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