Fixture: Pablo Carreno Busta vs Daniel Altmaier
Date: 5 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
Live telecast: USA - NBC Sports / Tennis Channel | India - Star Sports Select / Disney+ Hotstar VIP | Europe - Eurosport
Pablo Carreno Busta vs Daniel Altmaier preview
Germany’s Daniel Altmaier continued his dream run at the 2020 French Open by knocking out 7th seed Matteo Berrettini in the third round. He will now be up against the in-form Pablo Carreno Busta in the fourth round on Monday.
In his third-round match, Carreno Busta overcame compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets. The 29-year-old is playing arguably the best tennis of his career right now.
Carreno Busta displayed an unusual attacking game against Bautista Agut, which paid off despite the fact that he committed 51 unforced errors. The younger Spaniard wasn’t afraid to take risks, especially on his forehand wing, which put Bautista Agut on the backfoot throughout.
Pablo Carreno Busta is now just one win away from matching his best ever performance at Roland Garros. The 17th seed had reached the quarterfinal stage in 2017, and will be hoping to repeat the feat this year.
His next opponent, Daniel Altmaier, is coming off an impressive victory against Matteo Berrettini. The German was firing on all cylinders in the third round, which gave him the biggest victory of his career so far.
Altmaier is on a six-match winning streak at Roland Garros, having successfully overcome three qualifying rounds before the main draw. His dominance has been such that he has dropped just a single set in all these matches, despite also facing the likes of Feliciano Lopez and Jan-Lennard Struff.
Altmaier’s career has been plagued by injuries in the past. Shoulder and hip issues have caused him to miss several Grand Slam qualifiers, and he has been able to make his main draw debut only this year.
Pablo Carreno Busta vs Daniel Altmaier head-to-head
The head-to-head between Pablo Carreno Busta and Daniel Altmaier is currently 0-0 as they have never faced each other on tour before.
Pablo Carreno Busta vs Daniel Altmaier prediction
Pablo Carreno Busta is undoubtedly a solid player in almost every department. It is often difficult to hit through him, and he himself is more than capable of hitting through his opponents.
The Spaniard can deal well with topspin-laden groundstrokes as well as the flatter, faster ones. Daniel Altmaier would therefore need to mix up his shots. Adding a bit of variety can keep Carreno Busta guessing, as one-note baseline rallies will simply play into his strengths.
Altmaier can test Pablo Carreno Busta for a set or two, but it is unlikely that he will cause an upset over one of the most in-form players on tour currently.
Prediction: Pablo Carreno Busta to win in four sets.Published 04 Oct 2020, 18:52 IST