In what can be termed as a tricky opening round encounter, 9th-seed Diego Schwartzman will square up against under-firing Benoit Paire at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Though both players are in contrasting forms, we can witness a tough battle on the grass courts of the most prestigious Grand Slam.
Diego Schwartzman vs Benoit Paire: Match Details
|Match||Diego Schwartzman vs Benoit Paire|
|Date||June 28, 2021|
|Venue||London, Great Britain|
Diego Schwartzman vs Benoit Paire: Preview
Coming into the tournament, Schwartzman has been in terrific touch and has performed consistently throughout the season. The 28-year old Argentine capped off the clay court season in style as he made it to the quarterfinals of the French Open 2021, where he went down fighting to Rafael Nadal in four sets 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 0-6. However, Schwartzman hasn’t played any tournament on grass before coming for the Wimbledon and it would be interesting to see how he adapts to an altogether different surface.
Quite opposite to Schwartzman with regards to the form is Paire, who has failed to breach the first round barrier in the last two events that he has participated. The 32-year old Frenchman after bowing out in the Round of 128 at Roland Garros, did not manage to clear the hurdle at Queen’s Club Championships too, making a first round exit in straight sets 3-6, 2-6 against 3-time Major winner Andy Murray. This can serve as a huge blow for Paire as the Queen’s Club Championships act as a preparatory tournament for the ultimate showdown at Wimbledon.
Diego Schwartzman vs Benoit Paire: Head to Head
Prior to their meeting on Monday, both men have faced each other on two occasions, with both players sharing the spoils. So the head-to-head record currently stands at 1-1. They last met in 2019 in a Round of 32 contest in Munich, Germany, where Schwartzman got the better of Paire in three sets 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.
Diego Schwartzman vs Benoit Paire: Prediction
Despite not playing any grass court tournament in the lead up to the Wimbledon, Schwartzman starts as an overwhelming favourite to move to the second round. The match may have its moments where both players may enter into a tussle, but in the end Schwartzman should come out of it unscathed.
Match Prediction: Diego Schwartzman defeats Benoit Paire in straight sets, though closely contested.