World number 14 and the Rome Masters’ finalist Diego Schwartzman will look to continue his clay court form when he takes on rising Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the fourth round of the 2020 French Open on Sunday, October 4. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Diego Schwartzman v Lorenzo Sonego match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Diego Schwartzman v Lorenzo Sonego Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the two players on the tour.
Schwartzman Continuing Clay Form Since Rome
Clay is undoubtedly Schwartzman’s most preferred surface and an early loss at the Kitzbuhel Open immediately after the US Open did not quite seem par for the course.
Schwartzman made a spectacular comeback in Rome reaching the final on the back of wins over Herbert Hurkacz, Rafael Nadal and Denis Shapovalov. While he lost to Novak Djokovic in the final, the result had done enough to boost his morale following the lows of the Kitzbuhel effort and he came to the French Open with increased confidence.
The Argentine was drawn against young Serbian and Kitzbuhel open winner Miomir Kecmanovic, where it was a solid performance by Schwartzman who prevailed dropping only four games in an aggressive display of shot making. He then played Italian Lorenzo Giustino in the second round, also in straight sets to set up a third round meeting with Norbert Gombos.
Veteran Gombos was off to a strong start and looked like he was about to take the opening set, before Schwartzman broke back and took the set in a tie-break. Clinical Schwartzman tennis followed with him not giving many openings to Gombos and proceeding to win the next two sets 6-3, 6-3.
Schwartzman’s best performance at Roland Garros was the 2018 quarterfinals and he will fancy his chances again here to make the final eight, where he may potentially face newly crowned US Open champion Dominic Thiem
Best Slam Outing For Sonego By Far
Italian Lorenzo Sonego is a clay court specialist who displayed his baseline skills and moved up the rankings in 2019. Incidentally his only title thus far came on the grass courts of Antalya. 2020 has not been the best for him with his only notable performances coming on the clay courts of Rio and exhibition events in Italy during the Covid-19 hiatus.
After a listless hard court swing at the Western & Southern Open and the US Open, Sonego was inconsistent on the clay courts of Rome and Hamburg, coming into the French Open with less than ideal preparation.
He was up first against qualifier Emilio Gomez who is the son of 1990 French Open winner Andrez Gomez. What should have been a routine match ended up in a decider with Sonego prevailing. This was evidence that even on clay, the Italian was lacking in belief and was the underdog in the second round against Alexander Bublik who had just dethroned Gael Monfils.
Sonego put up a clinical display dispatching Bublik in straight sets with great ground-strokes, efficient serving and gaining in confidence as he went through the match. Although he is yet to exhibit consistency of the sort he did in 2019, this win was an excellent sign for Sonego going into the third round.
In his third round encounter against 27th seed young American Taylor Fritz, Sonego started well and kept it tight, with the set going into the tie-breaker, and the Italian clinching it 7-5. After a well earned break of serve in the second set, Sonego clinched the set 6-3 to go up two sets of love.
Another evenly matched set followed, which looked it was headed for a tie-breaker and when it did, there was no picking a winner easily. Players exchanged set points and match points respectively at different points in the tie-break, until Sonego finally clinched the breaker 19-17 and make the fourth round of a major for the first time.
Schwartzman v Sonego Prediction and Tip
Schwartzman has looked good on the clay in the last few weeks and starts as the favorite. Sonego has picked up his level in the last couple rounds and can be expected to put up a good fight. Expect the experienced Argentinian Schwartzman to prevail in four sets.
Tip: Schwartzman to win in four sets: 13/5 (bet365)