Stebe is a German 26-year-old player that currently occupies the 107th position in the ATP Rankings.
Stebe: Stebe is a lefty, with a good backhand, being able to setup his shots well from the baseline. He usually returns well and has good movement around the court. He is better on clay but he also competes with quality on hard courts.
Stebe is having an excellent season, winning 2 Challengers and reaching the final in another. His last Challenger win was 2 weeks ago, on hard court, in Canada.
He played some excellent tennis and defeated players like John Millman, Taylor Fritz and Jordan Thompson.
Stebe got through qualifying here in the US Open, where he has beaten Setkic, Basic and Alejandro Gonzalez, all in straight sets. He has no points to defend this week.
Kicker: Kicker is an Argentinian 25-year-old player that is currently on 93rd spot in the ATP Rankings.
Kicker is player that has evolved a lot and was able to improve his results in Challenger tournaments, which allowed him to play more ATP Tournaments, and some tournaments of bigger dimension.
He is clearly a player that excels on clay, and outside of it, he is outside his “natural habitat”. On hard courts, he is a fairly easier player to beat, and doesn’t have a lot of experience on this surface.
Kicker usually gets 95% of his points on clay and his characteristics don’t really help him on other surfaces. Kicker arrives here without any expectations and without any preparation on hard courts prior to this tournament.
Head to head: These two players never met before
Cedrik Marcel Stebe vs Nicolas Kicker Betting Tip and Prediction:
A good opportunity for Stebe to start off with a win in straight sets. I don’t see him losing any set here against Kicker, who isn’t scary for anyone on this surface.
The 3-0 ends up being a selection with a lot of value because Stebe, besides being a player with more talent and quality, also has a lot more experience on hard courts and he is a very confident player.
Especially after having won the Challenger in Canada and being able to overcome the qualifying stage here at the US Open, without losing any set.
I see Stebe taking over this match, and getting the win in 3 sets. The 3-0 is worth the risk in this encounter.