Fixture: Jordan Thompson vs Radu Albot
Date: 27 September 2020
Tournament: Roland Garros 2020
Round: First round (Round of 128)
Venue: Paris, France
Category: Grand Slam
Surface: Red clay
Prize money: Approx €38,000,000
Match timing: Approx. 4 pm CEST, 7.30 pm IST
Live telecast: USA - NBC / Tennis Channel | India - Star Sports / Disney+ Hotstar VIP
Jordan Thompson vs Radu Albot preview
Australia's Jordan Thompson had a solid run at the US Open last month, making his maiden appearance in the Round of 16 of a Grand Slam. He will now go into Roland Garros with confidence, having already made it to the third round in Paris last year.
The World No. 54 did have a bit of a blip in Kitzbühel last week though, where he was knocked out in the second round by Miomir Kecmanovic.
Radu Albot, meanwhile, was knocked out of the qualifiers at both the Rome Masters and the Hamburg Open in the last two weeks. However, he made it to the quarterfinals in the doubles at Hamburg, getting some much-needed preparation on clay ahead of Roland Garros.
The Moldovan won his maiden ATP singles title at the Delray Beach Open last year, becoming the first player from his country to reach that milestone.
Jordan Thompson vs Radu Albot head-to-head
Jordan Thompson and Radu Albot have not faced off on tour so far. They go into this game with their head-to-head tied at 0-0.
Jordan Thompson vs Radu Albot prediction
Jordan Thompson, who plays a very consistent brand of tennis, will be hoping to dictate the pace of the rallies with his strong forehand. The Australian has decent court movement to go with his solid baseline play, and would look to dominate the longer rallies.
Radu Albot himself is known for his excellent footwork and never-say-die attitude though, so he won't be an easy out. The Moldovan has deft hands at the net courtesy his extensive experience as a doubles player, and he could try and take the ball out of the air to upset Thompson's rhythm.
The World No. 79 fights for every point, and makes up for his lack of power with his endurance and patience. This match has the makings of a physically demanding slugfest, but Thompson's superior firepower will likely give him the edge.
Prediction: Jordan Thompson to win in four sets.Published 26 Sep 2020, 14:34 IST