No. 17 seed Pablo Carreno Busta will take on Argentina’s Guido Pella 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 Pablo Carreno Busta v Guido Pella match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Pablo Carreno Busta v Guido Pella Head to Head
Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain leads 2-1, having won in Vienna in 2017 and in the first round of the US Open last year. Pella won a Davis Cup tie against Carreno Busta in Spain last year. This will be their first meeting on clay.
Carreno Busta Storms into Second Round
Two-time U.S. Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain kick-started his campaign at Roland Garros with a dominant straight sets win over Australian John Millman.
In a match that lasted 2 hours and 16 minutes, the World No. 18 Carreno Busta made no double faults and converted 8 of 22 break point opportunities to win the contest 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.
A four time singles champion on the ATP tour and a quarterfinalist at Roland Garros three years ago, the 17th seed Spaniard struck 34 winners, made 28 unforced errors and won a total of 108 points in what was his second match on clay court this year. In his only other appearance on clay in 2020, he was decimated by Rafael Nadal in straight sets in Rome.
The right-hander, who is 13-8 in 2020, has shown a liking for both hard and clay courts, having reached four ATP Tour finals on clay, winning one and finishing runner-up on three occasions. He has a perfect 3-0 finals record on hard courts.
This 29-year-old Spaniard who reached the third round of the Australian Open and the last four of the U.S. Open in 2020, is hoping to better his past two years’ record at Roland Garros, having exited the tournament from the third round in the previous two years.
Pella Made To Work Hard By Caruso
World No. 37 Guido Pella battled past World No. 85 Salvatore Caruso to enter the second round of the French Open on Monday.
The left-handed Pella, who reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon last year, needed 3 hours and 45 minutes to defeat the Italian 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-4.
The 2019 Brasil Open champion won a total of 164 points against Caruso, converting 7 of 11 break points but also making a staggering 67 unforced errors, an aspect he will have to work on against Carreno Busta in the next round.
The win over Caruso meant Pella improved to 61-50 on his favourite surface, on which he has played five singles finals, tasting success in Brazil and finishing runner-up on the other four occasions.
The former World No. 20, who has looked a bit out of form this clay season, losing in the second round in Kitzbuhel and the first round in Rome, will have his task cut-out against the Spaniard who had a relatively comfortable win in the first round.
Carreno Busta v Pella Prediction and Tip
Expect a close contest. Pella, who is in the main draw of the French Open for the sixth time in his career, has never gone past the second round, having won his first round on four previous occasions. Will it be sixth time lucky? On form, however, Carreno Busta has the edge and he should win this in four.
Tip: Carreno-Busta to win in four sets: 11/4 (bet365)