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Over the past few years, emerging American tennis stars like Coco Gauff and Ben Shelton have enthralled the audience with their audacious displays on the tennis court. Another big name is Tommy Paul, who is ranked 14th on the ATP Tour. As he opens his season tomorrow, we look at how he stacks up against his opponent, Alex Bolt.

Paul has already reached Down Under ahead of the Australian Open. He is participating in the Adelaide International in the tune-up to the first Grand Slam tournament of the season. But Paul might have a tricky challenge at hand as he faces the local star.

Tommy Paul vs Alex Bolt: Preview

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Unlike most players, Tommy Paul has had a late start to his 2024 season. He didn’t play at the tournaments last week such as the United Cup and the Brisbane International. Making a fresh start, Paul is the top seed at the Adelaide International. He was handed a bye in the first round and faces Alex Bolt in the round of 16.

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Meanwhile, Bolt had to go through the qualifying rounds to make it to the main draw of the ATP 250 tournament in Adelaide. Subsequently, he was set up against lucky loser, Thiago Seyboth Wild, in the first round of the tournament. Bolt, with the support of the local fans, won that match comfortably in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. As a result, he will be pumped up when he takes on Paul.

Paul vs Bolt: Head-to-Head

Bolt is an experienced player and has been on the tour for many years. The two have faced off against each other just once on the ATP Tour. It was in Washington in 2018 during the round of 64 match. Although Paul triumphed in that clash, Bolt stretched him right to the distance. Eventually, the American star won by a scoreline of 3-6, 7-6 (0), 6-2.

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However, a lot has changed since then. Paul has upped his game and is among the top stars on the tour. On the other hand, Bolt is languishing outside the top 300 of the ATP rankings. As a result, Paul is a hot favorite to continue his winning run against Bolt.

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Prediction: A comfortable win for Paul

Despite the match against Bolt being his first of the season, Paul will look to shrug off the rustiness when he takes to the court tomorrow. He is expected to prevail in straight sets in the clash and enter the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Bolt will be banking on the local fans to turn up in large numbers to cheer for him against Paul.

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All-in-all, it promises to be an exciting clash ahead of the Australian Open. Who are you rooting for in this match? Let us know your picks in the comments below.

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