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Simon vs Daniel ATP Marrakech final predictions & betting tips

Hannah Wilks 12 Apr 2019
  • World no. 27 Simon seeks third semifinal of 2019 at the Grand Prix Hassan II
  • Daniel on six-match losing streak against top-50 players
  • Simon vs Daniel live stream available – watch and bet on Marrakech tennis live at bet365
Gilles Simon (PA Sport)

Gilles Simon vs Taro Daniel ATP Marrakech 2019 quarterfinal match preview, predictions and betting tips here – Ageless Simon targets third semifinal of 2019 as he takes on Japan’s Daniel, who has lost his last six matches against top-50 players.

Date: Friday 12 April 2019

Start time: 11am local/10am BST

Court: Court Central
 

Simon vs Daniel predictions

Gilles Simon won the Grand Prix Hassan II in 2008 when it was still held in Casablanca and although he hasn’t recaptured the title since, the Frenchman is looking for his sixth ATP Tour title on clay courts at the 250-level event – his last title on clay came in Bucharest in 2012, but he was runner-up to Dominic Thiem in Lyon last year.

Looking for his third semifinal of 2019 after back-to-back final four finishes in Pune and Sydney in the first fortnight of the season, world no. 27 Simon has dropped just nine games in Marrakech so far, beating Jozef Kovalik 6-4, 6-1 and Guido Andreozzi 6-2, 6-2 to make the last eight.

The fourth seed is up against Japan’s Taro Daniel, the world no. 75. Daniel has proved he can play on clay, winning his maiden ATP Tour title in Istanbul last year, and also scored one of the most surprising wins of the year over Novak Djokovic at the Indian Wells Masters as Djokovic returned from elbow surgery; he also made the final of the Posnan Challenger, clay-court ATP Tour quarterfinals in Gstaad and Kitzbuhel and the semifinals of the ATP Tour hard-court 250 tournament in Winston-Salem.

So far in 2019 however Daniel has been struggling for wins on any surface, going 7-11 and failing to win back-to-back main-draw matches at any event. All of Daniel’s seven wins so far in 2019 coming into Marrakech had come over players ranked well outside the top 100, but he got his first top-100 win of the season against Mischa Zverev 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the Grand Prix Hassan II before beating world no. 139 Adrian Menendez Maceiras.

Simon vs Daniel match stats

Daniel is on a six-match losing streak vs top-50 players
Simon has dropped just nine games in Marrakech
First meeting between the two

Simon vs Daniel betting tips

Simon and Daniel have never played, but I don’t think it’s going to be easy for the Japanese player to find ways to beat Simon.

The seemingly ageless Simon, now 34 and still ranked world no. 27, has been on cruise control so far in Marrakech and is so comfortable on clay, which rewards his exceptional counterpunching abilities. Simon made three ATP Tour finals in 2018 and is having a solid 2019 with the exception of a second-round defeat to Alex Bolt at the Australian Open. 

Daniel isn’t really the kind of explosive hitter who can take Simon’s defensive capabilities out of the equation and although he can avoid feeding Simon pace by junkballing the Frenchman, he isn’t having a good season and won’t beat Simon at his own game.

Simon vs Daniel odds

Simon to win – 4/11 @ Ladbrokes

Daniel to win – 21/10 @ William Hill

Simon to win 2-0 – 10/11 @ bet365

Simon vs Daniel recommended bet

Simon to win 2-0 – 10/11 @ bet365


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