In the 1/16 finals of the challenger in Antalya, Nicolas Hardt from the Dominican Republic will play against the representative of Tunisia, Aziz Dugaz.
The 21-year-old representative of the Dominican Republic is in terrible shape. From mid-September to the second of November, he lost five matches in a row. In his last tournament in Guayaquil (Ecuador) Hardt lost in the 1/16 finals to Daniel Dutra da Silva from Brazil – 6:2; 6:7 (5:7); 0:6.
The 24-year-old Tunisian representative reached the semifinals at a home tournament in mid-November. It should be borne in mind that it was hard, and the rivals were far from ideal. In the semifinals, Dugaz could not cope with the Frenchman Mathis Erhardou - 3:6; 2:6.
Last week Aziz Dugaz successfully played for the national team at the Davis Cup. Tunisia played against Zimbabwe. Dugaz played against a good opponent, but in three sets he was stronger than Benjamin Lock – 2:6; 7:6 (8:6); 7:5.
Nicholas Hardt and Aziz Dugaz played together in mid-September at the Davis Cup. In two sets, the representative of Tunisia won a fairly confident victory - 6:3; 6:4.
Nicholas Hardt is considered the favorite in this match by bookmakers, but even if the representative of the Dominican Republic is considered stronger on the ground, he is in bad shape now, and therefore there will definitely be a fight here. Based on this, we propose to put more than 19.5 games on the total.