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

Diego Schwartzman
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Modified 26 Sep 2020, 17:48 IST
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Fixture: Diego Schwartzman vs Miomir Kecmanovic

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. 6 pm CEST, 9.30 pm IST

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Live telecast: USA - NBC Sports / Tennis Channel | India - Star Sports Select

Diego Schwartzman vs Miomir Kecmanovic preview

One of the more mouthwatering clashes in the opening round of the 2020 French Open will see Diego Schwartzman taking on Miomir Kecmanovic.

The Argentine has been in red-hot form recently, as evidenced by his win over Rafael Nadal at Rome, but Kecmanovic has also been raking up some good performances of late.

Miomir Kecmanovic
Miomir Kecmanovic

The Serb recently won his maiden career title at the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel, which would have given him lots of confidence. This will be Kecmanovic’s second appearance in the main draw at Roland Garros, and he would be keen to better his performance from last year (where he made the second round).

However, Diego Schwartzman stands as a significant hurdle in the way of that. The man from Buenos Aires is enjoying the finest run of form of his 10-year long career, and it won't be easy for Kecmanovic to get past him.

Schwartzman not only knocked out Rafael Nadal in straight sets at Rome, but he also withstood the attacking barrage of Denis Shapovalov in the semis. In the final, he went toe-to-toe with Novak Djokovic for a considerable period of time before ultimately falling short.

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Almost all aspects of the Argentinian’s game have shown massive improvement lately. Be it counterpunching or striking first, Schwartzman has shown that he can do it all.

Diego Schwartzman vs Miomir Kecmanovic head-to-head

The head-to-head between Diego Schwartzman and Miomir Kecmanovic is currently at 0-0. This will be their first match-up on the tour.

Diego Schwartzman vs Miomir Kecmanovic prediction

Diego Schwartzman
Diego Schwartzman

Miomir Kecmanovic does not have a standout weapon in his arsenal, but relies on the all-round consistency of his game to do well. The Serb can hold his own in the longer rallies courtesy his impressive movement and footwork.

However, Kecmanovic will need a lot more than just accuracy or speed to unsettle Diego Schwartzman's rhythm. The Serb's backhand down the line will have to be on target if he hopes to catch Schwartzman off-guard, and he'll also have to approach the net whenever possible.

That said, it is unlikely that he will get many balls past the Argentine. Schwartzman has impeccable defense himself, from which he can transition to attack at the flick of a wrist.

Prediction: Diego Schwartzman to win in straight sets.

Published 26 Sep 2020, 14:13 IST
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