Caruso vs Sakharov
Bet365 is the only bookie that has no favorite for this match, both players stand at 1.83 while the odds on Sakharov to win have been dropping everywhere else.
So, Caruso entered 2019 after quitting last season in October with a win against Wang in two sets. He did not impress though, his serve was shaky and he was broken four times in two sets but Wang wasn't very stable as well and got broken several times too. All in all, Caruso took a 7-5 7-6 victory.
Meanwhile, Sakharov kept last season going to November and has now played two matches in Noumea, both straight set victories against Takahashi and De Schepper and he was only broken two times in total. He has an obvious surface advantage over Caruso who is mainly a clay courter while Sakharov has more depth as he started playing more hardcourt tournaments these last few years. He showcases a decent 120/59 record on this surface.
Whats more important though is that both Caruso and Sakharov made their Noumea debuts last season: Sakharov reached the semis and has to defend that accomplishment while Caruso was knocked out in the first round by Ruud, the same Ruud that Sakharov knocked out in two tight sets.
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Caruso vs Sakharov prediction
|Sakharov||Bet365||1.83||8||1-2 WON (+6.64 units)|