Richard Gasquet - Yosuke Watanuki predictions and free betting tips [06/11/2023]
In the round of 32 at the hard court tournament in Metz, Richard Gasquet of France will face off with Japan's Yosuke Watanuki. Our bet is a victory for Watanuki.
A 37-year-old Richard, standing at 68th place in the world rankings, is starting this tournament on a five-match losing streak. In Paris, he was defeated by Paul 6:0, 2:6, 6:7 (6:8), in Brest, he lost to Nakashima 1:6, 4:6, in Antwerp - Marterer 3:6, 4:6, in Shanghai - Zhang 1:6, 2:6, and in Orleans, he made it to the semifinals, triumphing over Herbert, Eimer, and Feri, only to ultimately lose to Mahach.
Earlier in Saint-Tropez, Gasquet was defeated by Zeppieri, he overcame Mari and Giron in Rennes but fell short against Bonzi, while at the US Open he lost to Marozan. In Winston-Salem, Richard reached the quarterfinals having defeated Huesler and Nakashima but subsequently lost to Korda. Prior to this tournament, the tennis pro had a spell of misfortune with four defeats in the last five matches, losing his initial matches in Cincinnati and Hamburg to Mannarino 4:6, 3:6 and Altmaier 5:7, 4:6 respectively, although he triumphed over Rune 6:2, 6:3 at the Hopman Cup only to lose to Ridley 6:3, 3:6, 8:10.
In mid-July, Gasquet reached the final at the Challenger in San Benedetto, but previously had a four-match losing streak. At Wimbledon, he was defeated by Moutet 3:6, 5:7, 5:7, in Mallorca by Thompson 3:6, 4:6, and in Halle he lost to Sinner 3:6, 7:5, 2:6.
Earlier in Stuttgart, Richard reached the quarterfinals, however, he didn't get past the first round at the French Open. In May, Gasquet participated in the Challenger in Bordeaux and reached the semifinals, beating Kokkinakis and Mikael Ymer, but he was defeated by Humbert. This tournament marked the first one where Gasquet managed to secure two consecutive victories since the start of January. Back in January, he claimed a title at the tournament in Auckland on a hard court.
25-year-old Yosuke Watanuki, holding the 72nd spot in the world rankings, couldn't advance through the qualifiers of the Paris tournament before. Here he faced off with Mpeshi-Pericar, winning 6:4, 6:7 (8:10), 6:3, but later lost to Nishioka 4:6, 4:6, suffered a defeat from Ruud 6:7 (6:8), 3:6 in Tokyo, and overcame Shan 7:6 (9:7), 4:6, 6:4 in Shanghai, only to succumb to Fritz 6:7 (2:7), 7:6 (8:6), 4:6. At the Asian Games, the player reached the final, trouncing Alharasi, Ramanathan, Evishev and Hon, but then lost to Zhang. Watanuki also made it to the final of the Shanghai Challenger, defeating Bolt, Galax, Li, and Shan, and eventually lost to O'Connell.
At the US Open, Watanuki left the tournament in the first round by conceding to Mannarino, in the Stanford Challenger he reached the semifinals, overcoming Johnson, Moreno De Alboran and Duckworth, but was forced to withdraw from the match against Lestienne. Previously in Washington, Yosuke secured victories against Wu Yibing and Auger-Aliassime, however, he was defeated by Humbert in the next round. Moreover, Watanuki made it through Wimbledon qualifications by beating Hon and Celikbilek, but then lost to Novak, and in the tournament's main draw, he defeated Huesler but was defeated by Zverev.
At the season's onset, Yosuke reached the semifinals at the Challenger in Canberra, where he triumphed over Van Ash, Rodionov, and Gombos, but then lost to Fucsovics. In February, he showed good play at the Monterrey tournament, reaching the semifinals. However, he failed to get past the second round in the rest of the season's tournaments.
The athletes have not previously played against each other.
Prediction for the Gasquet-Watanuki match
Watanuki displays more consistency, while Gasquet has lost his last 5 matches; I think he won't be able to resist his younger opponent.