Gasquet (L) and Paul (R) will face off in Estoril
Date: 26 April 2022
Tournament: Estoril Open 2022
Round: First Round (Round of 32)
Venue: Clube de Ténis do Estoril
Category: ATP 250
Surface: Outdoor clay
Prize money: €534,555
Live telecast: USA – Tennis Channel | UK – Amazon Prime Video
Tommy Paul vs Richard Gasquet preview
Tommy Paul and Richard Gasquet will lock horns in an exciting first-round encounter at the 2022 Estoril Open on Tuesday.
Paul, the seventh seed, will be playing in his first clay-court tournament of the season. The American enjoyed a successful time on the American hardcourts last month, scoring big wins over the likes of Alexander Zverev and Karen Khachanov in Indian Wells and Miami. He will be hopeful of a smooth transition onto the red dirt.
Gasquet has already played a few matches on clay this year.
Gasquet, meanwhile, already has a claycourt quarterfinal under his belt in 2022. Playing in Marakkech, the Frenchman scored a couple of wins over Henri Laaksonen and Pavel Kotoz before losing to Federico Coria in three sets.
The former World No. 7 did suffer a first-round exit in his last tournament at the Serbia Open and will be keen to bounce back.
Tommy Paul vs Richard Gasquet head-to-head
This will be the first career meeting between Paul and Gasquet, so their current head-to-head stands at a 0-0 deadlock.
Tommy Paul vs Richard Gasquet odds
All odds are sourced from BetMGM.
Tommy Paul vs Richard Gasquet prediction
Paul will be favorite on paper.
Neither player enjoys playing on the slower clay courts particularly, but Gasquet has had his fair share of success on the red dirt.
Estoril, in particular, has been a happy hunting ground for the Frenchman, who has reached the finals here on three occasions and lifted the trophy once. That said, Gasquet has not inspired much confidence with his form in recent months.
Paul, on the other hand, has been on a steady trajectory and will enter this contest as a favorite on paper. While the American enjoys playing on the fast hardcourts, he has given plenty of evidence of his claycourt abilites—even pushing Daniil Medvedev to four sets at last year’s Roland Garros.
Paul will need to keep his opponent and not allow him too much time to settle into a rhythm. Gasquet definitely possesses the weapons to push his opponent, but if the American stays aggressive and targets his opponent’s weaker forehand side, he should be able to eke out a win.
Prediction: Paul to win in three sets