Fixture: Matteo Berrettini vs Lloyd Harris
Date: 1 October 2020
Tournament: Roland Garros 2020
Round: Second round (Round of 64)
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 - Tennis Channel / NBC Sport | India - Star Sports / Disney+ Hotstar VIP
Matteo Berrettini vs Lloyd Harris preview
Seventh seed Matteo Berrettini faces Lloyd Harris in the second round of the French Open on Thursday.
Berrettini will look to continue his solid form from the last few weeks. He reached the fourth round of the US Open and then made a run to the quarterfinals at his home tournament - the Italian Open - in Rome.
Berrettini was handed a stern test in the form of Vasek Pospisil in the Roland Garros first round on Tuesday. But he came out of it with a relatively comfortable win, and would now be fancying his chances of going deep into the tournament.
The Italian next faces South Africa's Lloyd Harris, a player who is yet to make much of a mark on the ATP tour.
The 23-year-old comes into the match following a loss in the first qualifying round at Rome and a semifinal run at a Challenger level event in Forli. Those appearances would have given him plenty of match practice on clay.
Matteo Berrettini vs Lloyd Harris head-to-head
The second-round encounter at Roland Garros is the first ever contest between Matteo Berrettini and Lloyd Harris. Their head-to-head currently stands at 0-0.
There is a wide gulf between their rankings though, with Berrettini ranked 8th in the world and Harris ranked No. 90.
Matteo Berrettini vs Lloyd Harris prediction
Matteo Berrettini is the overwhelming favorite in this match, not only due to his superior ranking but also because of his form on European clay this year.
While Berrettini's topspin-laden forehand can push opponents deep behind the baseline, the 24-year-old is also capable of smashing flat forehands down the line for clean winners.
Berrettini also has a lot of variety up his sleeve, frequently throwing in backhand slices and net approaches to test his opponent's movement on the red dirt.
Lloyd Harris on his part will look to cause an upset by attacking Berrettini's serve and remaining steady from the baseline. He would also try to test the Italian's backhand, but if Berrettini starts connecting on his shots then Harris would be in big trouble.
Prediction: Matteo Berrettini to win in straight sets.Published 30 Sep 2020, 15:25 IST