Between the Australian Open and the Montpellier appearance, Rune played two Davis Cup matches for his national team. Holger turned out to be stronger than two little-known Indians. For the Montpellier tournament, Holger defeated Husler and Barrera in France but lost to Cressy. The duel with the American turned out to be dragging, it lasted two hours and 36 minutes, Rune lost it with the result of 5:7, 7:6, 6:7. Overall, it’s unlikely that Rune will be very upset that he failed to win the tournament and climb to eighth in the ATP rankings. Now Rune has the opportunity to fix it already in the confrontation with the strongest tennis players in the world, for example, with Tsitsipas and Medvedev.

Lestienne is 48th in the ATP peloton. Before AO-2023, the Frenchman reached the semi-finals of the tournament in Auckland, where he was supposed to play compatriot Gasquet, but he did not show up for the match, citing an injury. In Melbourne, the Frenchman lost in the second round to Norrie in 4 sets, in Montpellier he lost already in the first round to Basilashvili, in Rotterdam he qualified by defeating Marterer and the same Basilashvili.

Tennis player Rating Total number of matches in 2023 wins failures
Holger Rune 9 10 7 3
Constant Lestienne 53 10 6 4

In 2019, Lestienne confidently defeated Rune in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 at a tournament in Blois, France. At the same time, we note that at that time Runa was only 16 years old.

Lestienne is clearly inferior to Runa on the court and to compensate for this nuance, the Frenchman needs a strong and stable serve, which he basically does not have. If Rune was in a bad mood, the Frenchman would also have a chance to fight and finally win. But the current tone of the Dane, in our opinion, is not worse than the tone of the French, and even better. Also, we don’t see Lestienne having a great chance of winning a set, let alone the entire match. We offer the following betting options for this game:

The main prediction is for Rune + TM (22.5) to win at 1.76