World number 18 and Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta will take on Germany’s world ranked 186th Daniel Altmaier in the fourth round of the 2020 French Open on Monday, October 5. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Pablo Carreno Busta v Daniel Altmaier match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Pablo Carreno Busta v Daniel Altmaier Head to Head
This will be the first time that Carreno Busta and Altmaier will be facing off in a competitive encounter.
Carreno Busta Inching Closer Towards a Djokovic Rematch
There aren’t too many players who would want to play Novak Djokovic given his form these days (check how he has pipped Rafael Nadal as the French Open favourite here) but if there’s one player who can lay a claim to have gotten better of him it’s Carreno Busta.
While that happened in controversial circumstances, the Spaniard was about to serve for the first set in that ill-fated US Open fourth round match and was on the verge of taking a set off the world number one. A win here for Carreno Busta in this fourth round match could set him up for a rematch with Djokovic again and give him a chance to prove he probably deserved to go through that evening in New York.
One probably digresses. Djokovic will probably rout him in straight sets anyway but before that, one must sit back and applaud Carreno Busta’s form which has already seen him make the semifinal at the US Open and defeat John Millman, Guido Pella and most importantly, Roberto Bautista Agut in the third.
Bautista-Agut is the higher-ranked and more importantly a higher-pedigreed player on clay and had started out 3/4 favourite to win it, but the manner in which Carreno-Busta shut him out early was applause-worthy.
There was a bit of a comeback in the third set from Bautista-Agut when he won it only for Carreno Busta to get back into full control and wrap it up in four sets.
From Nearly Missing it to Round Four for Altmaier
Now 22, Altmaier had made his tour-level debut in 2017. Between then and just before the start of the French Open, Altmaier hadn’t played in a single Grand Slam tournament.
Not just not played in the main draw but also not made the qualifiers of these competitions. The devastating effect of his shoulder and hip related fitness issues has been so dramatic on Altmaier’s career that he has missed about 14 majors already in his young career.
And speaking to the host broadcaster after his third round win, Altmaier revealed it was a 50-50 call on whether he would participate in this year’s French Open as well. His doctor finally took that decision, giving him a green signal and Altmaier came through three rounds of qualifier to make it to his first ever main draw of a Grand Slam.
If that wasn’t enough, a week on, there have been wins over Feliciano Lopez, Jan-Lennard Struff and Matteo Berrettini which have got him through to the round four. What’s been rather marvellous is all his wins in the main draw have been in straight sets, which includes a 6-2, 7-6, 6-4 rout of one of the pre-tournament dark horses Berrettini.
In a match lasting two hours and 15 minutes, Altmaier made a mere 21 unforced errors as compared to his opponent’s 42 and that’s where the match was decided. Altmaier eased through the first set with two breaks of serve, but was broken early and had his opponent serving for the set at 5-4 when he broke him and took the set into a tie-breaker.
And then again in the third, he needed just one break of serve to come through to the fourth round.
Carreno Busta v Altmaier Prediction and Tip
Carreno Busta’s form and confidence from his recent run to the US Open semifinal make him a heavy favourite here with an offer of 1/4 but don’t discount Altmaier considering what he has done so far. Can expect him to win a set at the very least here.
Tip: Carreno Busta to win in four sets: 13/5 (bet365)