World No. 179 Michael Mmoh of the USA meets World No. 158 Manuel Guinard of France along with his preview, head-to-head, in the second round of the ATP Lyon Open 2022 on Wednesday, May 18 and tips here.
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Michael Mmoh against Manuel Guinard head to head
The pair have never played together. This will be the first game between the 26-year-old American and the 24-year-old Frenchman.
Mmoh lucky twice
This is the first time Mmoh, who spends most of his time on the Challenger Tour, has reached the peloton of a senior ATP event this year.
It is also the first time he will compete in a competitive tournament outside of the United States in 2022.
The fact that he is even in the second round is due to two lucky charms.
In the qualifier, he was actually beaten in straight sets by Argentine Tomas Martin Etcherverry, but then earned a reprieve as a lucky loser.
And then his scheduled first round opponent had to give up due to injury, so he went straight into the second round.
Qualifier Guinard disturbs compatriot Gaston
Guinard is another man more commonly found on the Challenger tour, but at least he made it through to the first round in Barcelona after qualifying, the same route he took to reach the peloton in Lyon.
On Tuesday he faced compatriot Hugo Gaston, world No. 68, who had received a wildcard for this event, and caused a bit of an upset by beating him in three sets.
Gaston was the first to drop serve but when Guinard served for the opener he was broken in turn. Gaston was only briefly equal, however, as Guinard broke him again in the next game to win the opener.
It was the qualifier who was first to drop serve in set number two but soon found himself in a break-up and seemingly on course for victory. However, Gaston had other ideas, hit back and he got a chance to serve for the set himself.
He couldn’t take it but clinched the ensuing tie break.
However, Guinard calmed down, broke Gaston midway through the third set and then broke again, giving him the chance to serve.
Mmohv Guinard prediction and tip
Both find themselves in unfamiliar territory in Round 2, but Mmoh has had more than his fair share of luck so far, and by the law of averages that must eventually wear off.
The ATP Lyon Open 2022 will take place from May 16th to 21st. You can watch and bet on these games here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.