No. 24 seed Aslan Karatsev of Russia will face 20-year-old American Jenson Brooksby in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Sunday, May 30. Get the live streaming options of this Aslan Karatsev v Jenson Brooksby match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Aslan Karatsev v Jenson Brooksby Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the World No. 26 Karatsev and the World No. 163 Brooksby.
Karatsev Will Look To Impress on RG Debut
It has been a sensational year for 27-year-old Aslan Karatsev, who will be making his Roland Garros debut on Sunday.
The Russian came into the 2021 season with a 3-10 career record, however, a brilliant Australian Open campaign followed by his first ATP 500 title in Dubai and a runner-up finish at the Serbia Open saw his career record improve to 24-18.
Coming through as a qualifier at the Australian Open, Karatsev became the first player in the Open era to reach the semifinals on his Grand Slam debut. The Russian defeated Gianluca Mager and Egor Gerasimov in the first two rounds before getting his first top 10 victory over Diego Schartzman in the Round of 32.
The win was followed by a stunning come-from-behind victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime in the fourth round and a quarterfinal win against Grigor Dimitrov. His run eventually ended after a straight sets defeat to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
Having got into a great rhythm in Melbourne, Karatsev carried that momentum to Dubai, where he defeated Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals, Andrey Rublev in the semifinals and Lloyd Harris in the final to lift his first career title.
The Russian has carried the hard court form to the clay season as well, reaching the final of the Serbia Open by stunning Djokovic in the semifinal, but a second title remained elusive after he went down to Matteo Berrettini in the final. Karatsev, who is 21-8 this season, is 8-5 on clay, thanks to his runs to the Round of 16s in Madrid and Rome on debut.
Brooksby Qualifes for Maiden French Open
America’s Jenson Brooksby had to rally from a set down for a second match in a row as he qualified for the main draw of the French Open for the first time with a 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 win over France’s Evan Furness in the third qualifying round on Friday.
On Wednesday, Brooksby had bounced back after losing the first set to beat Switzerland’s Marc-Andrea Huesler 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the second qualifying round. He had a relatively easy first round outing, as he defeated Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-1, 6-0.
The 20-year-old American had qualified for the 2019 U.S. Open as World No. 393 and defeated former World No. 4 Tomas Berdych for first tour-level win. He eventually lost in the second round to Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Brooksby, who has never played on red clay before, has won three Challenger titles this year, including the one in Tallahassee last month on green clay.
Karatsev v Brooksby Prediction and Tip
Karatsev has been in scintillating form and will look to keep the momentum going. Expect him to ease past Brooksby in the first round and set up a Round of 64 contest with either Philipp Kohlschreiber or Fernando Verdasco.