No. 12 seed Pablo Carreno Busta will face French wildcard Enzo Couacaud in the second round of the 2021 French Open on Wednesday, June 2. Get the live streaming options of this Pablo Carreno Busta v Enzo Couacaud match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Pablo Carreno Busta v Enzo Couacaud Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the World No. 12 Carreno Busta and World No. 177 Couacaud.
Carreno Busta Breezes Past Gombos
World No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta didn’t have much trouble in dispatching his first round opponent Norbert Gombos on Sunday. The Spaniard needed just an hour and 43 minutes to beat the Slovak 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.
Not broken once in the entire match, the 29-year-old converted 4 of 8 break points, struck 30 winners and made 20 unforced errors compared to his opponent’s 18 winners and 33 unforced errors.
Carreno Busta, who reached a second quarterfinal at Roland Garros last year, had come into the tournament with a 14-6 record in 2021 and a 10-3 record on clay. The 12th seed had won his fifth career title at Marbella last month by beating fellow Spaniard Jaume Munar in the final. It was his second career title on clay, having won in Estoril in 2017.
A two-time U.S. Open semifinalist, Carreno Busta also has three runner-up finishes in his career, and all of them have been on clay.
The Spaniard also reached the semifinals of the Barcelona Open but was denied a spot in a second final this year by Rafael Nadal.
Against Gombos, on Sunday, Carreno Busta got 59% of his first serves right and won 82% of those points. He also won 65% of his second serves and 40% return points.
He will be looking to keep the momentum going in the next round.
Couacaud Wins on Grand Slam Debut
On Wednesday, Carreno Busta will face French wildcard Enzo Couacaud, who stunned Egor Gerasimov on his Grand Slam debut on Sunday.
The 26-year-old Frenchman, ranked 99 places below the Belarusian, struck 38 winners and made 22 unforced errors to win the two-hour-and-15-minute first-round contest 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 6-3.
This was the French right-hander’s first main draw appearance at the senior level in 2021. Couacaud had reached the final of the Biella 6 Challenger last week, finishing runner-up to Thanasi
Kokkinakis. In February he had won his second Challenger title by beating Steven Diez in La Palmas. He has also won 12 ITF titles in his career.
On Sunday, both Couacaud and Gerasimov had 10 break point opportunities, with the Frenchman saving eight and converting four of them. He also won 76% on first serve and 51% on second serve. He will be hoping to put up a similar fight against Carreno Busta, although beating the Spaniard will be a huge ask.
Carreno Busta v Couacaud Prediction and Tip
It was a massive effort from the Frenchman in the first round, but it will be extremely difficult for him to do the same against the far more accomplished Carreno Busta in the next round. Expect the Spaniard to ease into the Round of 32 with a straight sets win.