Gilles Simon vs Nikoloz Basilashvili Tennis Prediction
Gilles Simon’s preparation for Wimbledon did not go well as he lost three of his four warm-up matches, against Feliciano Lopez in Stuttgart, Denis Istomin in Halle and Leonardo Mayer in Eastbourne. His only win on grass came against Matteo Viola in the first round of ATP Stuttgart, who was playing his first main draw match on tour in nearly four years.
The former world #6 Gilles Simon recently ended his poor run of form by finishing as the runner-up at ATP Lyon and progressing to the third round of the French Open. Despite facing first or second round defeats in 14 tournaments this season, his w/l record currently stands at 21/17, thanks to winning the title at Pune and reaching the quarterfinal at Marrakech.
In his previous 13 appearances at Wimbledon, Gilles Simon has lost first round matches only on two occasions, against Feliciano Lopez in 2013 and Sebastien Grosjean in 2006. His best result in this tournament was reaching the quarterfinal once in 2015, where he lost to Roger Federer.
Nikoloz Basilashvili made a shaky start to the grass season by losing his first round match at Hertogenbosch and suffered two defeats at Halle (as a lucky loser). However, he managed to improve and posted his career-best result on grass by progressing to the quarterfinal at ATP Antalya last week.
This is the Georgian #1 Nikoloz Basilashvili’s third main draw appearance at Wimbledon, and he managed to win his first-round match in the previous two main draw appearances, against Facundo Bagnis in 2015 and Carlos Berlocq in 2017.
This is a rematch of their first-round encounter at the recently concluded French Open where Gilles Simon sealed the progression in four sets. Nikoloz Basilashvili, on his day, can be a dangerous player and he’s got the ability to decide this match.
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