Hanescu vs Bourgue by Bulan20
R.2 in Banja Luka Challenger (clay) between Victor Hanescu and Mathias Bourgue.
Hanescu, 34 y.o is a veteran with 15 years in the pro circuit. Have 19/18 this year with 11/12 on clay. Have some good qualities, especially in his serve, but can play a bit up and down. Have some nice wins and also some unexpected losses during the year. He is currently ranked at 224 but have been as high as #26 in 2009. Clay is his strongest surface and he has a good serve and backhand. Made it to QF in Alphen most recently losing to Sijsling 4-6 6-7. Won in R.1 against a good clay-player in P.Cachin 6-1 6-4. Won an impressive 91% of his 1st serve points in that game.
Bourgue, is a good 21 y.o frenchman, ranked 207. Have a 43/25 record so far this year mostly from CH-tour. Strong on clay with a 27/16 record and the Blois CH title as the highlight. Did some good results on HC lately but have struggled a bit coming back to clay. In Meknes last week he won against Horansky before losing to Lipovsek Puches in R.2. In Banja Luka he faced Bozoljac (#833) in R.1 winning 7-6 6-3. Decent overall but can at times have a strong serve.
Hanescu have been serving fantastic in his last couple of matches, and that will be key to winning this one. Bourgue is the better player in the rallies so I expect Hanescu to try keeping them short. Bourgue needs to step up his game if he wants to make it to next round, but I think Hanescu is playing too strong right now to let that happen. I´m going with the veteran for the win.
|Hanescu||Pinnacle||1.77||6||2-0 WON (+4.62 units)|
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