Pouille vs Popyrin (By: Stanioooo)
3rd round in Australian Open between Lucas Pouille and Alexei Popyrin.
Both of them are amongst the young players- Pouille is 24 years old and more experienced than his opponent Popyrin, who is 19 years old teenager without much experience on the big stage. Pouille is part of top 30 in the world, while his opponent from Australia is still close to top 150, but with this year's achievement and points from Australian Open he will be very close to top 100 or will be even part of top 100 for sure if he progresses to the 1/4 finals.
This is also the last match from the daily session together with Zverev-Bolt infront of their match. It's not so surprising, because these two players(Popyrin and Bolt) are the only Aussie men in the draw. So, why did I choose to play this match and why I am looking for over about games?
It's like a tradition to see a 5-sets match since the start of the tournament during the night session. The last two in the schedule are Popyrin-Pouille and Zverev-Bolt, so the better chances for a long match are connected with Popyrin-Pouille for sure. But that's just the smallest reason to make a pick about this match.
Popyrin is a tall Australian player with excellent 1st serve, very fast and accurate. He also have very strong forehand and good net play. He used all of these weapons in the first two rounds to beat Mischa Zverev and Dominic Thiem(retired during the 3rd set) in straight sets. He is still unbroken on serve saving maybe 4 or 5 break chances for his opponents during both matches. Of course, he will rely on the same weapons against Pouille and also the audience- this will be another huge booster.
On the other side is Pouille who lacked confidence before the start of Australian Open losing all his Hopman cup matches in three sets against Ebden, Sasha Zverev and Ferrer. He also lost in straight sets in Sydney against Rublev, so maybe people didn't expect much by the French player in Melbourne. Well, the draw was good for him and in his first two matches he faced Kukushkin and Marterer. Pouille surprised in these matches with excellent serve, very accurate play in the deciding part of the sets and won his matches in three and four sets.
I expect a lot of easy holds by both of them. When I see Pouille I always connect him with long matches. He is better ranked player, always dangerous when he is in form and maybe that's the main reason why he is the slight favorite to win, but on the other side is also very inspired home player with his weapons which work very good for him till now. I will play over 37.5 games and expect this one to go in four or five sets. It's hard to say who will win this battle, but will be nice if somehow Popyrin reaches the 4th round.
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Pouille vs Popyrin prediction
|over 37.5 games||Pinnacle||1.77||9||3-2 WON (+6.93 units)|