World No. 44, Marton Fucsovics of Hungary, will take on Frenchman Gilles Simon who is the world 69 in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Sunday, May 30. Get the live streaming options of this Marton Fucsovics v Gilles Simon match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Marton Fucsovics v Gilles Simon Head to Head
The pair have met once before, on an indoors hard court in Cologne last year, Simon winning in straight sets for the loss of just three games.
Fucsovics Made Fourth Round in Paris Last Year
Last October, Fucsovics reached the fourth round in Paris, and, although he was eventually beaten by Andrey Rublev, that matched his best ever performance in a Grand Slam event.
The Hungarian enjoyed a good run on hard courts earlier in the year, particularly in Rotterdam, where, after qualifying, he reached the final only to lose to that man Rublev again.
That was bracketed by third round appearances at the Australian Open and in Doha, and a quarter-final appearance in Dubai, before coming up against the immovable object of Rublev once more.
He struggled initially on switching to clay, suffering first round defeats in Monte Carlo and Madrid, but improved to make second round appearances in Rome and, most recently, Geneva.
Simon Approaching the Veteran Stage
Simon is now approaching the veteran stage of a career than has seen him reach 22 career senior career finals, winning 14 of them, including five on clay.
Playing in his home Grand Slam event, the best he has managed in Pairs is to reach the fourth round – in 2013, and, again, two years after that.
However, Simon is not in the best of form currently. He was beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of this year’s Australian Open, losing at the same stage in Montpellier, a tournament where previously he had enjoyed an excellent record.
The Frenchman did win his opening match in Sardinia, but that remains his only victory on clay this season. He lost his next match to Lorenzo Sonego, and since then has endured a series of first round defeats – in Barcelona, Estoril, Lyon and, most recently, Parma.
Making it worse is the fact Simon hasn’t won a set over the last three matches he’s played.
Fucsovics v Simon Prediction and Tip
The Hungarian will start a heavy favourite to defeat the French veteran who has been struggling for form. Simon will have all the support of the crowd, but that is unlikely to be enough to inspire him to pull off a famous victory.