Jozef Kovalik vs Joao Sousa
Jozef Kovalik faces Joao Sousa in a match from the first round of the Bastad tennis tournament. The duel is on Tuesday as the Portuguese Joao Sousa is the favorite to win the game. We will offer you single tennis predictions for today, below.
Joao Sousa is among the set players in the Bastad tournament. The 30-year-old is ranked 69th in the ATP rankings. He made a very strong performance at Wimbledon as he reached the 4th round of the tournament, losing 0:3 sets by Rafael Nadal. Previously in an epic match, the Portuguese eliminated Daniel Evans after a 3:2 set. In the tournament, Sousa recorded an impressive victory against the Croatian Marin Cilic, winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the second round. Now Joao Sousa returns to clay games. For the last time he played on this floor in Paris at the end of May, dropping in the first round of Roland Garros after defeating with 0:3 sets by Pablo Carreno-Busta. Previously, the Portuguese reached the second round of the Geneva tournament, where he lost to Albert Ramos-Vinolas 0-6, 3-6. Joao Sousa makes a poor clay season and has not reached more than a second round in any tournament, so he will be motivated for a better performance in Bastad.
His rival Jozef Kovalik is 165th in the world. The Slovak competes mainly on Challenger tournaments. Last week he reached the 1/4-finals of the Braunschweig Challenger, where he lost to Javier Barranco Cosano. Jozef Kovalik dropped into the first round of Wimbledon after defeating Robin Haase with 0:3 sets. Previously he lost on Antalya grass with 0:2 sets by Viktor Troicki.
Jozef Kovalik has had few matches during the season because he was injured at the beginning of the year. He has almost no bigger success. Joao Sousa is the classiest tennis player and after his strong performance at Wimbledon, he should win this first-round match at Bastad.
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