World number eight Matteo Berrettini will be in second round action at the 2020 French Open when he takes on Lloyd Harris on Thursday, October 1. The match 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 Matteo Berrettini v Lloyd Harris match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Matteo Berrettini v Lloyd Harris Head to Head
This will be the first time that Berrettini will be facing Harris in a competitive encounter.
Berrettini Looking to Build on Rome Results
Having reached the quarterfinal at the Rome Masters, the eighth-ranked Berrettini would be looking to build on that and come up with a solid, deep run at the French Open. After all he has never seen anything beyond the third round at Roland-Garros, and for someone who aspires to keep up with his current ranking, it would make sense to push on at the Grand Slams.
His first round win over Vasek Pospisil was on expected lines; here was a player who hadn’t won anything on clay and hadn’t played on the surface for a while too. Berrettini took full toll of that, beating the Canadian in straight sets to march into the second round.
There will be that confidence from that easy win but at the same time Berrettini will need to keep the result in perspective. In fact anything lesser than a straight-set victory would have almost been a confident-denter but the reverse might not be true – it might not be a good indicator of where Berrettini stands.
Interestingly, he will now be playing an opponent in the second round who has won 16 lower-level titles, none of which have come on the red dirt. Berrettini wouldn’t mind that though.
Harris Dispatches Popyrin
Not even the bookmakers were certain whom to side in the first round match between Harris and Popyrin but in the end, the South African world number 90 needed just three sets to get past his opponent and move into the second round. This, after he was forced to play in a Challenger just before the French Open to try and get into some kind of a rhythm.
Having won just one main draw match at the combined New York bubble of the Cincinnati Open and US Open, Harris then lost in the first qualifying round at the Rome Masters leaving him with some thinking to do.
What he did was to proceed to Forli in Italy to feature in a Challenger, winning three rounds to make it to the semifinal where he finally went down in three to Lorenzo Musetti. That seemed to have helped Harris, who came into his opener having never gotten past round two of a Grand Slam before this.
While beating Berrettini would be chalk and cheese from what he achieved against Popyrin, the result does give him bit of a hope.
Berrettini v Harris Prediction and Tip
For all talks of hope above, bookmakers aren’t giving too much of that coming into this second round match with Harris starting out at 7/1. The bigger question is whether Harris can take a set off Berrettini.
Tip: Berrettini to win AND Both players to win a set: 7/4 (bet365)