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Roland Garros: Pablo Carreno Busta vs John Millman preview, head-to-head & prediction | French Open 2020

Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain at the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros
Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain at the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros
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Modified 27 Sep 2020, 21:13 IST
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Fixture: Pablo Carreno Busta vs John Millman

Date: 28 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. 4 pm CEST, 7.30 pm IST

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Pablo Carreno Busta vs John Millman preview

World No. 18 Pablo Carreno Busta will take on John Millman in the first round of the French Open on Monday.

Carreno Busta's best results so far have come on hardcourts rather than on clay - which is a surprise given that he is from Spain. The 29-year-old reached the US Open semi-finals earlier this month for the second time in his career, and has won three of his four career singles titles on hardcourts.

However, the Spaniard is a more than able claycourt player as well. He reached the quarterfinals of the French Open in 2017 and has made four ATP finals on the surface, including the 2017 Estoril Open which he won.

His opponent will be 31-year-old Australian John Millman, who is ranked No. 43 in the world.

 John Millman at the Internazionali BNL d
 John Millman at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, Italy
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It is no surprise that Millman's best results have come on the faster courts. He reached the quarterfinals of the US Open in 2018, which included a win over Swiss legend Roger Federer.

Millman has yet to win a main draw match at the French Open though, with four successive first round exits.

Pablo Carreno Busta vs John Millman head-to-head

Pablo Carreno Busta leads the head-to-head rivalry against John Millman by a margin of 2-1. All three of their encounters have come on hardcourts, with Carreno Busta winning their two most recent contests in straight sets.

Pablo Carreno Busta vs John Millman prediction

Pablo Carreno Busta at the 2019 French Open
Pablo Carreno Busta at the 2019 French Open
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Pablo Carreno Busta is extremely solid from the back of the court, and one of the fittest players on tour. He is also a fantastic doubles player, having reached the final of the 2016 US Open doubles event.

John Millman on his part is also among the fittest players on tour, and like Carreno Busta is a very tricky customer from the baseline.

This match is likely to be a lengthy baseline battle between the duo. In the end, however, Carreno Busta's experience and record on clay should help him get over the finish line.

Prediction: Pablo Carreno Busta to win in four sets.

Published 27 Sep 2020, 14:44 IST
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