Fixture: Matteo Berrettini vs Marcos Giron
Date: 3 November 2020
Tournament: Rolex Paris Masters 2020
Round: Round of 32 (Second round)
Venue: Paris, France
Category: ATP Masters 1000
Surface: Indoor hardcourt
Prize money: €3,901,015
Match timing: Approx. 8.30 pm local time, 1 am IST
Live telecast: USA - ESPN / Tennis Channel | India - Sony Six / Sony Liv
Matteo Berrettini vs Marcos Giron preview
Seventh seed Matteo Berrettini will play his first match since Roland Garros when he takes on the unseeded Marcos Giron in the second round of the Paris Masters.
After winning two titles last year, Berrettini has failed to continue his momentum in 2020. While the Italian has registered a few impressive wins in the early rounds of tournaments, he hasn't been able to deliver on the big stages.
The Rome native had a mediocre clay swing in Europe, where he succumbed to a couple of lower-ranked opponents. He did make it to the Italian Open quarterfinals though, where Casper Ruud defeated him in three sets.
Berrettini then followed that up with a shocking straight-sets loss to Germany's Daniel Altmaier in the third round of the French Open.
After a month's break, the 24-year-old will play his first European indoor hard-court match of the season against Marcos Giron.
Giron on his part has been playing the best tennis of his career since the resumption of the tour. He has momentum coming into this match too, having registered a hat-trick of wins in Paris alread.
The American defeated Roberto Carballes Baena and Laslo Djere in straight sets to advance to the main draw. Albert Ramos-Vinolas did test him in the first round, but Giron managed to win in three sets.
The 27-year-old attained his career-best ranking of No. 86 last week, which shows how well he's been playing in recent weeks.
Matteo Berrettini vs Marcos Giron head-to-head
Matteo Berrettini and Marcos Giron have never faced each other on the tour before. Their head-to-head record currently stands at 0-0.
Matteo Berrettini vs Marcos Giron prediction
A battle between a top 10 player and World No. 91 would typically be a straightforward affair. However, Matteo Berrettini has not been at his best in 2020, while Marcos Giron is in the form of his life.
The California native's forehand is his more dangerous wing, and his serve can also trouble his opponents on faster surfaces. Giron blasted 12 aces against Ramos-Vinolas in the first round.
Berrettini has a lot of variety in his game, and his whip forehand helped him register a fair few quality wins during the American hardcourt swing. He will need to bring back that creative and consistent side of his game in Paris if he hopes to douse the challenge of Giron.
Prediction: Matteo Berrettini to win in three sets.Published 02 Nov 2020, 22:13 IST