Fresh from defeating 4th ranked Medvedev in the first round, Marton Fucsovics plays 2016 French Open quarterfinalist Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round of the 2020 French Open. The match begins at around 11 am local time (10 am BST or 5 am Eastern Time) on Thursday, October 1. Get the live streaming options of this Fucsovics v Ramos-Vinolas match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Marton Fucsovics v Albert Ramos-Vinolas Head to Head
This will be the sixth meeting between the two players, and the fourth within the last two years. Ramos-Vinolas brings a 3-2 head-to-head advantage coming into this match.
He won their last head-to-head in Kitzbuhel, 2019, where he went all the way to the finals. His other victories over Fucsovics came in 2015 and 2014, where, in both scenarios, he bettered him in straight sets at the Genova Challenger.
Fucsovics’ two triumphs over Ramos-Vinolas came in 2018 in Geneva and in 2019 in the Australian Open. That matchup in Melbourne was their only ever previous Grand Slam meeting, with Fucsovics getting the better of Ramos-Vinolas in the first round.
Additionally, that was the only time that the two have faced each other on a hard court, with all their other meetings coming on clay courts; and their next matchup in the French Open is on a clay surface..
Fucsovics Seeking to Go Further Than Ever Before
Marton Fucsovics has probably had his best year in major singles tournaments. His 4th round finish in the Australian Open in March equaled his best-ever Grand Slam finish, where he was defeated by 3rd ranked—and eventual semifinalist—Roger Federer, something that he should have easily taken on the chin.
He made it all the way to the third round of the US Open, and in his first match in the French Open, he defeated Daniil Medvedev, in the process getting revenge for his 2019 Sofia Final defeat. Now he faces a familiar foe: a puzzling Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who seems to occasionally get the better of him.
This will also be the third time that he’s playing in the French Open, after first qualifying for the competition in 2018. A 2nd round finish in that same year marked his best highlight of the competition, but with the momentum in his favor, he should easily surpass that finish with a good performance against a shaky Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
And despite a few things being out of his favor, such as overall less experience in Grand Slam tournaments, a shaky past vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas, and a lower ATP ranking when compared to Ramos-Vinolas (63rd vs 44th); with his current form, this should genuinely be his match to lose.
A Rare Win for Albert Ramos-Vinolas
2020 hasn’t been a good year for many people around the world, and many tennis fans will surely bet that Albert Ramos-Vinolas would willingly agree to that ubiquitous declaration. For someone who typically plays between 20-30 tournaments a year, this is just Ramos-Vinolas’s fourth. And it’s not as if he’s performed well in the three that he’s played so far.
In all his tournaments this year, he’s been eliminated in the first round; the only exception being the French Open that he’s currently qualified to the 2nd round.
Contrast this with Fucsovics who’s in his eighth tournament of the year, has generally performed better in those tournaments, and has also had to play vastly higher-ranked opponents such as Medvedev and Federer; and all this points to an expected conclusion: a Fucsovics wipeout win.
Yet Ramos-Vinolas can still take heart in a lot of things. He blitzed through Mannarino in straight sets in the first round, in the process showing glimpses of his 2015/2016 form. Additionally, he has greater experience in the French Open, having qualified for the tournament in 9 consecutive years, and has more experience than Fucsovics in Grand Slam appearances.
Couple this with the fact that he has a good record against Fucsovics, and that he performs better on clay surfaces, suddenly the whole matchup seems like a tighter affair than the bookies have made it out to be.
Fucsovics v Ramos-Vinolas Prediction and Tip
Although the bookies’ tide seems to be in Fucsovics’ favor, this will be a harder game than many have made it out to be. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Ramos-Vinolas manages to pull off an upset. For now, though, I’ll still back Fucsovics to get the win, but expect it to be a hard-fought, end-to-end victory.
Tip: Fucsovics to win: 11/25 (bet365)