World number 19 Cristian Garin of Chile will be up against the 23-year-old Aussie Marc Polmans in the second round of the 2020 French Open. This match will be played on Thursday, October 1 and could begin at around 12.00 pm local time (11.00 am BST or 6 am Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Cristian Garin v Marc Polmans match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Cristian Garin v Marc Polmans Head to Head
This will be the first time ever that Garin and Polmans will clash in a competitive encounter.
Garin Stretched But Comes Through
Philipp Kohlschreiber is a German veteran who has seen many a Grand Slam opening round contests and while he would have known he was up against it when drawn against the in-form, clay court specialist Garin, not fighting it out in the middle would have never been an option.
And that’s exactly what he did.
Garin was stretched to a fourth set, despite coming into the tournament on the back of a 14-3 record on clay this season; it’s a record that has seen him double his ATP title wins tally from two to four.
And while the Chilean had made it to the semifinal at the Hamburg Open last week with wins over Yannick Hanfmann, Kei Nishikori and Alexander Bublik, he had earlier been shocked in round one of the Rome Masters by Borna Coric. With that in memory, Garin would be happy to have come through to the second round here, for the second time in his career.
The world number 19 is now on the cusp of a first-time appearance in the third round of a Grand Slam, having lost in the second on four previous occasions. Standing between Garin and that elusive third round place is a 122nd-ranked player.
Polmans Hustles Past Humbert
Polmans had gone into his opening round match against Ugo Humbert as a rank outsider, with odds of longer than 5/1 with some bookmakers. By the time the match had ended, he had surprised not just those bookmakers but his own self too, registering a four-set win over his French opponent.
The Aussie was one of the lucky losers to have made the main draw, and having been playing at a competitive level since 2014, his best showing at a Grand Slam was his maiden appearance in the second round of the Australian Open earlier this year.
His record before that had read, 15 Grand Slam appearances made, 14 lost in the qualifiers, one first round exit.
Now, in a matter of the same year, Polmans had made it to the second round on two separate occasions, and this one he did by beating a player who is at his career-best ranking of 38th, and had come into the tournament on the back of two solid performances on the bounce on clay – in Rome and Hamburg.
One of his most memorable wins surely, but can Polmans go further?
Garin v Polmans Prediction and Tip
If the first round win was an upset for Polmans, beating Garin would need a miracle and the odds of 11/2 for the Australian’s win here reflect that. Garin to win this for us, and frankly he should be able to do that in straight sets.
Tip: Garin to win in straight sets: 4/6 (bet365)