Fixture: Borna Coric vs Norbert Gombos
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
Timing: 4 pm CEST, 7:30 PM IST
Live telecast: USA - NBC Sports / Tennis Channel | India - Star Sports / Disney+ Hotstar VIP
Borna Coric vs Norbert Gombos preview
Coric gave a good account of himself at the US Open, where he saved six match points in a comeback victory against World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round before falling to eventual runner-up Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals.
The deep run at Flushing Meadows left him with little in the tank for his appearance in Rome and he suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Italian Stefano Travaglia in the second round.
Coric's first-round opponent Norbert Gombos has not spent too much time on the main tour, competing primarily on the Challenger circuit. The World No. 106 won a Challenger title on clay last year at Bratislava but has not had much success on this surface on the main tour.
Borna Coric vs Norbert Gombos head-to-head
The first-round match in Paris will be the first career meeting between Borna Coric and Norbert Gombos, so their head-to-head currently stands at 0-0.
Borna Coric vs Norbert Gombos prediction
Borna Coric is a pale shadow of the player he was a year ago when he was ranked as high as 12 in the world. The Croat has struggled for consistency, with his game often letting him down in crunch situations.
However, he seemed to have turned a corner at the US Open, with his baseline game firing on all cylinders.
Coric's backhand has always been rock solid but it was his inside-out forehand that did most of the damage at Flushing Meadows, forcing opponents deep behind the baseline and allowing him to take control of rallies. He will be hoping that shot can hold firm during his time in Paris.
Norbert Gombos, on the other hand, has very few weapons at his disposal although his crisp forehand can do some damage at times. As long as Coric can stay solid from the baseline and avoid taking unnecessary risks, he should have little trouble disposing of the Slovak.
Prediction: Borna Coric to win in three sets.Published 26 Sep 2020, 22:06 IST