In-form Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta plays rising Frenchman Ugo Humbert in the second round of the European Open in Antwerp on Wednesday, October 21. The exact start time of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Pablo Carreno Busta v Ugo Humbert match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Pablo Carreno Busta v Ugo Humbert Head to Head
This will be the first time these players are meeting on the tour.
Gritty Spaniard In Midst of Purple Patch
Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, has shown constant improvement in his game in recent years. The 29-year-old Spaniard has ,in recent years, made his presence felt in Grand Slams as well, reaching the semifinals of the US Open in 2017 and 2020 and the quarter-finals of the French Open in the same to years.
After an early loss at the Western & Southern Open to Karen Khachanov, Carreno Busta came back strong at the US Open, where he reached the final four before being edged out by Alexander Zverev in a five-set thriller.
What followed was another early loss at the Rome Masters on clay to none other than the King of Clay Rafa Nadal, but the gritty Busta came back strong again to make the final eight of the French Open with some clinical performances.
The Spaniard played world number one Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals and put up a spirited fight, even taking a set off him. Back to the indoor swing, Carreno Busta had a first round bye , being the second seed, and will now be lookin for a good run on the indoor courts as the season draws to a close, and hope to end on a positive note after some hard work and strong results in the late summer.
Humbert Also On a Good Run
After a positive 2019 that saw him move up the rankings from outside the top 100 to number 57 at year-end, the new decade got off to an even better start for Frenchman Ugo Humbert, wining the ASB Classic in Auckland and claiming his first ATP title.
As the season shut down for the pandemic, Humbert had moved up to number 43 in the world rankings and was looking to return to his early season form upon the return of the tour. Humbert did not have the best return to the season with early losses on the US hard courts, but he followed these with a good run on the clay.
Humbert defeated Kevin Anderson and Fabio Fognini en route the quarter-finals at the Rome Masters and topped it with a first ever top ten victory defeating Daniil Medvedev in the first round in straight sets at Hamburg. Disappointing losses followed at both the French Open and in St. Petersburg last week, but the young Frenchman is determined to end the season and the European indoor swing on a high.
In his opener here in Antwerp, Humbert played Belgian Kimmer Coppejans in straight sets 6-3,6-4. The Frenchman played a strong serving game winning close to 90% on the first serve and above 70% on the second.
Carreno Busta v Humbert Prediction and Tip
Both players have had good runs over the last month and a bit. While Carreno Busta has made the latter stages of slams, the up and coming Humbert has also risen in stature in recent times with his results. An exciting match ahead, but the experienced Carreno Busta should pull through in three sets.
Tip: Carreno Busta to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)