World number 75 Jannik Sinner of Italy will be playing French qualifier Benjamin Bonzi in the second round of the 2020 French Open on Wednesday, September 30 and the match could begin at around 12.00 pm local time (11.00 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Barbora Strycova v Barbora Krejcikova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jannik Sinner v Benjamin Bonzi Head to Head
This will be the first match between Sinner, who is tipped to be a next-gen star and Bonzi, ranked 227th in the world.
Sinner Stunner for Goffin
While David Goffin is ranked 13th in the world, the pre-match odds for his first round encounter indicated there wasn’t too much to choose between him and Jannik Sinner, his first round opponent. By the end of his opener, Goffin had been stung hard, not only losing the match to his 19-year-old opponent but doing so in straight sets.
In a match which lasted less than two hours, Sinner scraped through the first set after a brief battle saw the duo exchange four breaks of serve. The next two sets turned out to be shockingly one-way traffic.
Sinner saved three break-points in the first game of the second set and then proceeded to break Goffin three successive times to wrap it up 6-0. He then added an early break in the third set, a fourth in a row overall, while holding on to his serve throughout the set to finish off the match and seal his berth in the second round.
The Italian had come into the tournament having shown his capabilities on clay by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas en route the Italian Open third round. It was the first time this season he had won two matches in a row in a tournament too, and that confidence seemed to have rubbed on to him here.
He now has a chance to make it two in two for the second time in a row.
Bonzi More Found on the Lower Circuit
Benjamin Bonzi has made it to the final of one ATP competition but it was in doubles. It came last year at the Lyon Open and he followed that up with his first ever Challenger tournament singles final appearance.
That happened earlier this year at the Bangalore Challenger earlier this season before the sport went into a lockdown.
Bonzi had announced himself to the world about six years ago at this very tournament at Roland-Garros when he lifted the boys doubles title but since then hasn’t had much to show for his success.
In fact before this edition, the only time he won a main draw match at a Grand Slam came at the 2017 French Open, when, surprise, surprise he managed to take a two sets to one lead over Daniil Medvedev before his opponent retired from the match. This time around he has gotten past the 21-year-old Emil Ruusuvuori in four sets in his opener, having needed to qualify for the main draw via the qualifiers.
Sinner would be a bridge too far though by the looks of things.
Sinner v Bonzi Prediction and Tip
A straightforward win on the cards for Sinner should take him to his best ever Grand Slam showing and that’s what we think could happen here.
Tip: Sinner to win in straight sets: 4/6 (bet365)