World number 25, Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain will be in the first-round action against Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama when they meet in the first round of the 2020 US Open. This match will be played at around 1 pm local time (6 pm BST) on Monday, August 31. Get the live streaming options of this Pablo Carreno Busta v Yasutaka Uchiyama match along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Pablo Carreno Busta v Yasutaka Uchiyama Head to Head
This will be the first time that the two players will be going face to face in a competitive match.
2017 Semi-Finalist Carreno Busta Looking to Make a Winning Start
Former world number 10 and 2017 US Open Semi-Finalist, Carreno Busta will be looking to take inspiration from the magical run he had in New York three years ago. In 2017, he won five straight sets matches before going down to American, Kevin Anderson in the last four.
Even though he hasn’t been able to go past round four in any of the Grand Slams since then, he has a good chance to progress deep this year with a relatively kind draw. Carreno-Busta is scheduled to meet top seed Novak Djokovic in the fourth round but until then his side of the draw is quite favourable.
But if he wants to achieve that, he will have to improve upon the patchy form that he has had this year. His season started with a string of early-round exits.
He did reach the third round at the Australian Open where he lost to Rafael Nadal and the semi-finals at Rotterdam. But apart from that, his form has been below par. He did play some exhibition matches during the season suspension but once again he looked rusty last week at Cincinnati.
Carreno Busta did beat higher-ranked Dusan Lajovic in the first round but went down easily to Karen Khachanov in the second round. His record shows that he prefers clay courts more than other surfaces. But he has a personal the best winning record amongst all Grand Slams at the Flushing Meadows.
Uchiyama Looking to Achieve Career High Ranking
The 28-year-old Japanese has lost more matches then he has won this year. He has only won one main draw match this year which was in Dubai.
Last week he couldn’t make it to the main draw at Cincinnati after losing out in a tough three-set second-round qualifying match. So for him to be playing in the main draw in New York is a huge bonus.
Now Uchiyama will have a big chance to achieve a career-high ranking for himself with a first-round win. He is currently 89 in the world, just 11 short of his best ever of 78.
Uchiyama had a tremendous 2019 where he won two challenger titles and reached the quarter-finals of his home tournament at Tokyo. But a lumbar spine injury marred the end his season.
His form was patchy and he had to retire midway from a couple of tournaments as well. It will be a tough task for Uchiyama to get past Carreno Busta. But the fact that his opponent hasn’t been in the greatest of the form will give him hope.
Pablo Carreno Busta v Yasutaka Uchiyama Prediction & Tip
It’s a clash between two players who aren’t coming into the tournament with great form. It will be interesting to see how the Spaniard adjusts on the hard courts and whether the Japanese can put his own game in place. It is likely to be a close contest but Carreno Busta will have a slight edge.
Tip: Carreno Busta to win: 8/15 (bet365)