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Gregoire Barrere +3.Five video games v Hubert Hurkacz in Moselle Open
1pt 4-5 Hills
Hubert Hurkacz has loved a very good marketing campaign and maximum of those that won’t have taken the tall Pole severely at first of it at the moment are doing so.
His prime level got here within the Winston-Salem Open remaining month, when he defeated Feliciano Lopez, Frances Tiafoe, Denis Shapovalov and Benoit Paire, high quality performers all, to deservedly win the primary main-tour identify of his occupation.
It is no wonder then to peer Hurkacz, 22, made favorite to open smartly within the indoor Moselle Open with a victory over Gregoire Barrere.
However whilst the Metz conflict can be a shut one – the big-serving Hurkacz is not any stranger to units culminating in tiebreaks – the worth seems to be to be siding with the 25-year-old Frenchman.
The pair have crossed swords on two earlier events, each instances in Barrere’s place of origin. Hurkacz received their first assembly 5-7 6-Four 6-Four in Plaisir in 2017, then Barrere levelled their private sequence with a 7-6 6-7 6-1 victory in Quimper previous this 12 months.
Maximum oddsmakers agree on a handicap of three.Five video games however whilst Hurkacz will have sufficient to get the win, even though he does growth he might fight to make gentle paintings of Barrere.
In St Petersburg, punters can imagine backing Alexander Bublik to open smartly towards Casper Ruud. Bublik hails from simply south of Russia’s 2nd town however represents Kazakhstan in this day and age. On the other hand, he has no longer at all times been essentially the most dependable of performers.
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FIRST PUBLISHED 5:40PM, SEP 16 2019