World No. 26 Benoit Paire of France will take on Argentina’s Federico Coria in the second round of the 2020 French Open on Wednesday. This match will be played on Wednesday, September 30 and could begin at around 12.00 pm local time (11.00 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Benoit Paire v Federico Coria match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Benoit Paire v Federico Coria Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the 31-year-old Frenchman and 28-year-old Argentine.
Tired of COVID Tests, Yet Paire Starts With a Win
A string of COVID-19 tests and a mix of positive and negative results have left Benoit Paire mentally fatigued. First he tested positive for COVID-19 a day before the start of the US Open and was withdrawn from the tournament and put on strict quarantine for 10 days.
Then he had multiple tests in New York, Paris, Rome where he tested negative but when tested in Hamburg, he was positive again, yet he was allowed to compete in Germany as he had already completed quarantine after testing positive and German rules allowed the same.
Having withdrawn from the second set against Casper Ruud in Hamburg he returned to Paris, where he tested negative again, but he is anxious about further tests at Roland Garros. Despite going through such a harrowing period, the 23rd-seed looked in good touch on Sunday as he defeated up-and-coming Korean star Kwon Soon-woo in straight sets.
A three-time champion on the Tour, Paire struck 12 aces, won 73% on first serve and converted 7 of 18 break point opportunities to beat the Korean 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 in 2 hours and 16 minutes.
However, the Frenchman made a staggering 57 unforced errors against his opponent’s 33, something he would like to improve on in the next match.
Paire, who won clay court titles in Morocco and Lyon last year and finished runner-up on the hard courts of Winston Salem (2019) and Auckland (2020), has been in good form over the last two years, which also saw him produce his best ever result at Roland Garros, when he reached the fourth round of the tournament in 2019, before being beaten by Kei Nishikori in a gruelling five-setter.
Paire, who is 10-10 this year, will be hoping to stay focused on his game and leave all the apprehensions surrounding COVID tests aside to continue the winning momentum intact in the next round.
Coria Wins on Grand Slam Debut
Only days after winning his first Grand Slam main draw match in New York, Federico Coria won on his Roland Garros main draw debut on Sunday after he defeated Taiwanese lucky loser Jason Jung 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3).
Incidentally the right handed Argentine had defeated the same opponent in the first round of the U.S. Open. Jung had taken the first two sets, before Coria forced his way back into the match to take the next two and force the decider. Jung eventually retired in the fifth set in New York after being 2-0 down.
On Sunday, Coria didn’t drop a set but didn’t find it easy either as the contest lasted three hours and 19 minutes.
Brother of former French Open finalist and World No. 3 Guillermo Coria, Federico broke into the top 100 last week, making the Corias only the fourth set of brothers to have been ranked in the top 100.
Playing on his favourite clay surface, where he has won one challenger and 9 Futures events, Coria will be eager to go as far as he can in the tournament, however, faces a tough opponent in Paire in the next round.
Paire v Coria Prediction and Tip
Having started brightly, Paire should win this one but could go down to the wire.
Tip: Paire to win: 4/5 (bet365)