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Roland Garros: Diego Schwartzman vs Lorenzo Sonego preview, head-to-head & prediction | French Open 2020

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Modified 05 Oct 2020, 10:45 IST
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Fixture: Diego Schwartzman vs Lorenzo Sonego

Date: 4 October 2020

Tournament: Roland Garros 2020

Round: Fourth round (Round of 16)

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

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Diego Schwartzman vs Lorenzo Sonego preview

12th seed Diego Schwartzman will face the unseeded Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the Round of 16 at the 2020 French Open on Sunday.

Schwartzman is one of the most in-form players on the tour at the moment. The Argentine is fresh off a thumping win over Rafael Nadal in Rome, where he destroyed the King of Clay on his favorite surface. He also led Novak Djokovic by a double-break in the final but eventually lost in straight sets.

Schwartzman has carried over his form from Rome and has looked impeccable so far at Roland Garros. The 28-year-old is yet to drop a set this week and has been pushed to a tiebreak only once, in his previous match against Norbert Gombos.

The World No. 14 is on the brink of breaking into top 10 for the first time in his career. Matching his best-ever result at the French Open by reaching the last eight should do the job for Diego Schwartzman.

Diego Schwartzman didn
Diego Schwartzman didn't drop a set in the opening week.
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Lorenzo Sonego is another player in the form of his life this week. Ranked No. 46 in the world, Sonego had never won more than one main draw match at a Grand slam previously. But he has now progressed to the second week with an impressive win over No. 27 seed Taylor Fritz in the third round.

The Italian had to play a long tiebreak in the third set, which lasted over 30 minutes, but finally came out on top 19-17 to seal the straight-sets win.

Clay is Sonego's best surface, but the 25-year-old has a tough task on his hands if he wants to reach the last eight.

Diego Schwartzman vs Lorenzo Sonego head-to-head

The Round of 16 match at Roland Garros will be the first-ever career meeting between Diego Schwartzman and Lorenzo Sonego, so the head-to-head between the pair currently stands at 0-0.

Diego Schwartzman vs Lorenzo Sonego prediction

Few players in the draw are hitting the ball as cleanly as Diego Schwartzman is right now.

The Argentine is dictating rallies with ease off both wings, and transitioning very quickly from defense to offense. Schwartzman's incredible foot-speed and court coverage make it extremely difficult for opponents to hit through him or even outwit him with a drop shot.

The World No. 14's serve is still quite vulnerable, but as seen in his previous match, he can break back at will and turn the tide his way with his superior return game.

Lorenzo Sonego
Lorenzo Sonego
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Lorenzo Sonego may have won his only ATP title on grass, but the Italian grew up on clay and won five out of his six Challenger Titles on the red dirt. Sonego has the groundstrokes, physicality and movement to succeed in the exceptionally slow conditions at Roland Garros this year.

However, against an opponent like Diego Schwartzman - who is looking like one of the best players in the world at the moment - the inexperienced Lorenzo Sonego might face a hurdle too tall to overcome.

Prediction: Diego Schwartzman to win in straight sets.


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Published 03 Oct 2020, 16:25 IST
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