João Sousa is a Portuguese 28-year-old player that currently occupies the 50th position in the ATP Rankings.
This Portuguese player is a very fierce one, with a great fighting spirit inside the court and an interesting tennis played from the baseline.
Sousa is a player with good size, that has a lot of speed and, when motivated, is capable of very interesting results. He has had an inconsistent season so far, with good and bad results.
At the Cincinnati Master, on hard court, he did pretty well, going through the qualifying and reaching the 2nd stage of the main draw, by beating Kyle Edmund, where he was then defeated by Sugita in 3 sets, in a match where he could have won.
Last year, the Portuguese reached the 3rd round here, so that’s what he has to defend in New York.
Paolo Lorenzi is an Italian 35-year-old player that is currently 40th in the ATP Rankings. Lorenzi is a player that only hit the peak of his career after his 30th birthday, playing his better tennis and reaching heights he had never reached before.
Lorenzi is a clay court player, but he has improved a bit on hard courts, although it is still not his “natural habitat”.
He has been having a reasonable season, with some good moments, so he is inside the top 50.
Lorenzi arrives here after reaching the 2nd round at ATP Winston Salem, and he has the 3rd round to defend here, which was the result he achieved last season.
João Sousa vs Paolo Lorenzi Betting Tip:
Head to head: 3-0 Sousa
Sousa has a clear edge over Paolo Lorenzi on the H2H. In 3 matches played, he has always won, and all of them have been on different surfaces.
He has won on Hard courts (indoor), grass and, this season, on clay. These matches have all been close, but the Portuguese has always come out on top.
Here, I believe that history will repeat itself, even because I expect a tough duel from the baseline, with a lot of exchanges and some intensity, especially imposed by João Sousa.
Lorenzi likes to use sneaky slices and he should attempt to break Sousa’s game rhythm several times, but the Portuguese is ready for that and I think he will find good solutions to beat Lorenzi on a match that should have 4 or 5 sets.
Sousa is physically stronger and that also gives me some insurances.
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