Del Bonis vs Bennetau (By: Iniestaone)
I've followed Benchetrit in his two matches in Noumea and I am confident in backing him to defeat Delbonis.
First, Delbonis is not that big of a threat on hardcourts. Last season, his numbers on the surface are 1/5. He is a top 100 player because he is a great claycourter, but he has fallen quite a lot from his career high ranking of 33 as he is 80th now. His first round in Noumea was a 6-3 7-5 win against unranked Verbeek who nowadays plays a few matches per year and as a 1.07 favorite, Delbonis should've done a lot better.
Benchetrit is also mainly a claycourter but he plays more hardcourt than Delbonis does even though he's only 20. Last season he as 10/5 on hardcourts. He is coming off a 7-6 6-4 win against Robredo where he was only broken once, a huge improvement on serve compared to his first match against Escoffier where they broke eachother several times but Benchetrit still won that in straight sets well. He is a very tall guy (1.93 cm) with great power and huge potential in his serve, when he manages to channel it, its hard to stop it.
This would not be the first time Benchetrit defeats a top 100 player, and I'm not even sure Delbonis should be considered one on hardcourt.
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Del Bonis vs Bennetau prediction
|Benchetrit||Pinnacle||3.25||8||2-0 LOST (-8 units)|