Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, who is ranked 10th in the world will take on Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia in the second round of the 2021 French Open on Thursday, June 3. Get the live streaming options of this Diego Schwartzman v Aljaz Bedene match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Diego Schwartzman v Aljaz Bedene Head to Head
This is an interesting match-up which includes a match from the Challenger circuit and one qualifier on the ATP tour. Overall, Bedene leads 4-1 while in ATP main draws, that’s 2-1 in his favour.
On clay, it’s 3-1 for Bedene and it’s 1-1 on this surface at the highest level. Schwartzman’s only win against Bedene came in their last meeting in Buenos Aires in 2019 and even that was a three-setter.
Schwartzman Breaks Losing Streak
He had lost four matches in a row coming into this year’s French Open but a cakewalk in the first round here should give Schwartzman some respite.
The Argentine defeated Yen-hsun Lu in straight sets, needing a mere hour and 45 minutes on court but would that be enough to bring him back into clay court contention?
Because Schwartzman had won just two of his seven matches on dirt and had looked a far cry from when he won his Buenos Aires Open title earlier this year. Not to mention his form otherwise on tour has been underwhelming at best.
And while that win against Lu should build some morale, he would take it with a pinch of salt. Lu is 37, had played four matches this season before French Open – none on clay – and lost three of them. And over the last two years has been involved in just three other matches and lost all of them too.
Not quite a testing opponent.
The question is if Schwartzman can now up the game enough to take up the Bedene challenge, a player he has often lost to in the past.
Bedene 7-5 on Clay after Mannarino Win
Bedene was a heavy favourite going into his opening round match against Adrian Mannarino and while he needed an extra set, he would be damn pleased to have come through, following on from his third round appearance last season.
The Slovenian world number 56 won 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in a match lasting three hours and 31 minutes but what was interesting to see was Bedene faced a mere three break-points in the entire match. He was broken two times, once apiece in the second and third set, but retaliated with five breaks of his own to come through.
It was Bedene’s ability to play the big moments well which saw him through as the quarterfinalist from Lyon and Cagliari earlier this year broke his opponent in the 11th and 12th games of the set to clinch it.
And by the time the fourth set came around, Mannarino looked outclassed, got broken in the second game and was quick to throw in the towel.
Schwartzman v Bedene Prediction and Tip
While Schwartzman is 1/3 to win this, not quite sure the match would be that straightforward. In fact, Bedene to win a set at 4/9 is a way better offer given how things have been for both players.