Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan meets Arthur Rinderknech of France in the first round of the 2022 French Open on Monday 23 May. Get the live streaming options of this match between Alexander Bublik and Arthur Rinderknech along with its preview, head-to-head comparison and tips here.
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Alexander Bublik against Arthur Rinderknech head to head
They have played twice before and Rinderkench has won both. The last was in Doha this year when Arthur won 6-7(5) 6-1 6-4.
Terrible run for Bublik
Alexander Bublik has lost the last five games he played and it probably has something to do with clay. The player is an open hater of sand, as he famously explained in Monte Carlo. Bublik is having a good year, especially as the 5-0 run in the last five games he has played takes the score to 12-12.
He is 1-5 on clay, his only win coming against Stan Wawrinka in Monte-Carlo. He has fond memories of Roland Garros, playing in the doubles final last year but losing. The singles haven’t been that good and he probably doesn’t expect things to change much this year either.
It’s just another problem for him to face a homegrown player in round one as he’ll have the crowd against him. A forearm serve here and there will earn him negative recognition from the crowd and who knows what will happen after that.
Rinderknech looking for a win
Arthur Rinderkench last won a match in Miami when he defeated Laslo Djere in round one. Since then there have been back-to-back defeats and he’s generally played pretty well. He’ll be looking for that elusive win at Roland Garros but it’s going to be tough.
He has never won a match at the Grand Slam despite playing twice, but he’s going to get a player who doesn’t like playing on clay and that’s a pretty good chance. The crowd could be another factor to consider as they will surely support their player.
Overall it’s a solid chance for him but he needs to serve well and play well. Bublik will attack and if Rinderknech absorbs that pressure well then he should be in good form.
Bublik v Rinderknech prediction and tip
They have played twice since 2021 and the Frenchman has won both matches. It’s an interesting thing that might indicate a matchup issue for Bublik. Both games took place on non-clay surfaces, which is another plus point for the Frenchman.
Considering that and Bublik’s form, I think we could see a surprise here. I don’t see Bublik going down without winning a set, but I don’t see him winning either. Sure, his opponent has also played poorly lately, but he’s at home, he’s more comfortable on clay and he’ll have the stands behind him.
That should certainly motivate him more to try than Bublik, who is likely to drop out at some point. Take Rinderknech.
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