World No.11 Roberto Bautista Agut will face France’s Richard Gasquet in the first round of the 2020 French Open on Sunday, September 28. The match will be scheduled soon. Get the live streaming options of this Roberto Bautista Agut v Richard Gasquet match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Roberto Bautista Agut v Richard Gasquet Head to Head
Bautista Agut and Gasquet have played each other eight times, with the tenacious Spaniard winning in six of those matches. However, this will be their meeting on clay.
RBA Arrives In Paris With Positive Emotions
It would certainly have been a turn up for the books had Roberto Bautista Agut negotiated his way into final Sunday of the Hamburg Open. With his projected first round match slated for Sunday at the French Open, the only way to describe that schedule would be bedlam.
At least for the moment, and for Bautista Agut’s case, that won’t happen as he lost in the quarterfinals in Germany to Andrey Rublev.
The World No.11 has fared decently since the tour resumed last month, with the only stain perhaps, being his third round showing at the US Open. He did reach the last four in Cincinnati, pushing Novak Djokovic to a final set tiebreak.
After missing the Rome Masters due to a momentous occasion of celebrating the birth of his first child, he returned to play on the European clay for the first time.
The 32-year-old ended Nikoloz Basilashvili’s two-year reign in Hamburg on his first outing, taking down the Georgian in straight sets. He would then maintain his giant-killing stance by ending Dominik Koepfer’s fairytale fortnight.
Bautista Agut fell to Rublev eventually, but there is plenty of optimism as he heads to Paris.
Injuries Continue to Hamper Gasquet
Richard Gasquet has been ranked as high as world no.7 and winning as many as 16 career titles since he burst onto the scene as a 15-year-old teenage phenomenon over 15 years ago. Now, 34 and very much at the twilight of his career, it is fair to say he hasn’t quite live up to his embryonic potential.
Over the last couple of seasons, the Frenchman found limited time on court due to injuries. His 2019 campaign only started in May after undergoing groin surgery.
He played remarkably well after that injury, reaching a semifinal at the Libema Open in the Netherlands and a first semifinal showing at a Masters 1000 event in over six years at the Western & Southern Open.
He did haul himself back inside the top-50, but a knee injury towards the backend of last year forced him to miss the Davis Cup finals and the entire Australian summer. The one-handed veteran made a pair of quarterfinals in Montpellier and Dubai in what has been a disjointed tennis season during the brief hard-court season in February.
His first round match at the French Open will he his first outing on clay in over a year.
Bautista Agut v Gasquet Prediction and Tip
Bautista Agut is the man on form and while the Frenchman will put up a fight on home soil, there should be no drama in the outcome of this one.
Tip: Bautista Agut to win: 2/7 (bet365)