Basilashvili vs Carballes Baena: how many sets will they play?
On July 24, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Roberto Carballes Baena face off in the first round of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. How many sets will they play? Our answer is in the prediction below.
Basilashvili performs extremely unstably this season. However, this is not news: Nikoloz may lack stability, but there is no doubt that he will give his best to represent his country at the Tokyo Olympics. The Georgian tennis player has always been able to focus on specific tournaments. For example, Basilashvili won the tournament in Dubai this season when no one expected that from him, beating the legendary Swiss Roger Federer (3-6, 6-1, 7-5) in one of his matches.
Roberto Carballes Baena
Carballes Baena is now in good shape, but, frankly, we do not expect a lot from him at the Tokyo Olympics. The Spanish tennis player is a clay court specialist, and he doesn't show the same level of tennis on hard. Carballes Baena was included in the Spain Olympic team because many leaders of the national team could not come to Tokyo due to various circumstances.
Carballes Baena has played only one tie-break in the last five matches.
More than 9.5 games were played in the first set in 3 of Basilashvili's last 5 matches.
We do not expect any sensation in this confrontation. Basilashvili feels comfortable on hard, this year he even won a tournament in Dubai. So we will play the victory of the Georgian tennis player.
Our prediction - Basilashvili to win with a handicap (-2)
Prediction: Handicap (-2) to Basilashvili
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Carballes Baena prefers clay courts, and he doesn't have much to hope for on hard, especially in the match against Basilashvili, who plays very aggressive tennis. We believe that Nikoloz will close the Spaniard in two sets.
Second prediction - total under 22 games.