Maharashtra Open 2020 Men's Singles - Predictions and Odds
What You Need to Know About the 2020 Maharashtra Open Men’s Singles
Total prize money: $546,355
When: from February 3rd to February 9th
Where: Mhalunge Balewadi Tennis Complex in Pune, India
Surface: Hard (outdoor)
Maharashtra Open 2020 Men’s Singles – Best Picks
Out of the three ATP 250 tournaments held this week, the Maharashtra Open arguably has the weakest field of entrants.
This naturally makes picking a winner slightly more difficult, as the main draw becomes somewhat unpredictable.
Check out also our best picks for the Cordoba Open.
1. Benoit Paire
2020 record: 7-3, 0 titles
2020 prize money: $190,760
2019 Maharashtra Open Result: quarterfinals.
Paire is the number 1 seed heading into this year’s Maharashtra Open.
The Frenchman had a good start to his year, reaching the finals at Auckland and finishing runner-up to NextGen player Ugo Humbert.
He also won two of his three ATP Cup matches, beating Chile’s Nicolas Jarry and Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic.
Seeded into the Australian Open‘s main draw, Paire dropped out of the tournament in the second round.
Paire could be considered this year’s Iron Man, as all his ten matches went the distance.
He has played in eight three-setters and two five-setters.
Despite this, the Frenchman has shown no signs of slowing down, which is quite remarkable.
He reached the quarterfinals in last year’s edition of the Maharashtra Open, losing to fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon.
Paire experienced a resurgence in 2019, winning two ATP Tour titles to end a four-year drought.
It’s still early days in the 2020 season, but he looks set for another good year.
Given the lack of competition in this year’s Maharashtra Open, the Frenchman has a very good chance of lifting the trophy.
2. Ivo Karlovic
2020 record: 1-1, 0 titles
2020 prize money: $3,445
2019 Maharashtra Open: runner-up
When it comes to experience, we have to include Ivo Karlovic into the mix.
The 40-year old veteran became the second-oldest player to reach the final of an ATP Tour level tournament in last year’s Maharashtra Open.
Karlovic lost in a long match against Kevin Anderson, with all three sets going to the tie-break.
The tallest player in ATP history still has some fuel left.
While Karlovic did not make it past the qualifying round for the Qatar Open, he bounced back during the first slam of the year.
The Croatian defeated Vasek Pospisil in straight sets, advancing to the second round for a second consecutive year.
The result made Karlovic the oldest player to win a slam match in nearly five decades.
Still possessing one of the deadliest first serves of the ATP Tour, the veteran could spring another surprise and contend for the Maharashtra Open title.
3. Stefano Travaglia
2020 record: 2-2, 0 titles
2020 prize money: $124,140
2019 Maharashtra Open: Did not participate
A clay specialist and ATP Challenger Tour regular, Travaglia enters the main draw as a seeded player.
The Italian is coming off a solid year in 2019, which saw him two Challenger titles.
Travaglia also had a career-best result at the ATP Tour level, reaching the quarterfinals at the Croatia Open.
He also made main draw appearances in three other ATP 250 tournaments.
Travaglia also achieved a career-best result in a major tournament, reaching the second round at the Australian Open.
He returned to the main draw in this year’s slam but failed to advance past the first round.
Even so, Travaglia is off to a good start for 2020, having scored two wins in three matches at the ATP Cup.
The Italian also reached the Bendigo Challenger final on the hard surface, although he lost to Steven Johnson in straight sets.
Having just entered the top 100 for the first time, Travaglia has just achieved a career-high in the ATP ranking.