Fixture: Roberto Bautista Agut vs Richard Gasquet
Date: 29 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
Live telecast: USA - NBC Sport / Tennis Channel | India - Star Sports / Disney+ Hotstar VIP
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Roberto Bautista Agut vs Richard Gasquet preview
World No. 11 Roberto Bautista Agut will be looking to make a strong start to his Paris campaign, but might face some resistance from veteran Richard Gasquet in his first-round match on Tuesday.
The Spaniard didn't play the Italian Open last week, opting out of the Masters 1000 tournament to give himself some rest. During the hardcourt swing Bautista Agut had been impressive in his run to the semifinals at the Cincinnati Masters, but had exited early at the US Open to unseeded Vasek Pospisil.
The 32-year-old then had a fine week in Hamburg, where he lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Andrey Rublev.
Bautista Agut's next opponent, the 34-year-old Richard Gasquet, will likely give offer a stern test on the terre battue, despite being past his peak years.
Gasquet underwent a groin surgery last year, and has struggled to get match wins under his belt since then. Compromised physically, the Frenchman still managed to take the match to his younger opponent Alex de Minaur at the 2020 US Open, before eventually losing in four sets.
The former World No. 7 had reached the quarterfinals of the French Open in 2016. And while clay is not his best surface, his deadly top-spin backhand helps him dominate quite a few of the rallies on the surface.
Roberto Bautista Agut vs Richard Gasquet head-to-head
Roberto Bautista Agut leads Richard Gasquet by a margin of 6-2 in the head-to-head. Their most recent encounter came at the Cincinnati Masters, where Bautista Agut beat Gasquet in straight sets.
Interestingly, the pair's match at Roland Garros will be their first on clay.
Roberto Bautista Agut vs Richard Gasquet prediction
Roberto Bautista Agut has been producing some strong results lately with a more aggressive game, where he uses his forehand to play from a more assertive position in the court. But the Spaniard has never been able to find much success on clay, presumably because his groundstrokes don't generate enough pace on slower surfaces.
Richard Gasquet has not made many inroads on clay either, but the Frenchman is solid from the baseline. Gasquet has accurate groundstrokes and a good kick serve, both of which can trouble Bautista Agut.
Still, the Spaniard has a physical edge over his older opponent, so he is likely to triumph on Tuesday - especially if the match goes long.
Prediction: Roberto Bautista Agut to win in four sets.
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