Fixture: Taylor Fritz vs Radu Albot
Date: 30 September 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: 11 am CEST, 2.30 pm IST
Live telecast: USA - NBC / Tennis Channel | India - Star Sports / Disney+ Hotstar VIP
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Taylor Fritz vs Radu Albot preview
Taylor Fritz, the No. 27 seed at Roland Garros 2020, played a marathon match in the first round against Tomas Machac.
The American won the first two sets, but then conceded the third and fourth to his inspired opponent. Ultimately, the 22-year-old managed to quash Machac's spirited comeback to win 7-5, 7-6(2), 1-6, 2-6, 6-3.
It was a crucial victory for Fritz, who had been knocked out in the first rounds of both Hamburg and Rome earlier this month. The World No. 30 needed this win to build some momentum in Paris.
Meanwhile, World No. 79 Radu Albot stunned Australia's Jordan Thompson in the first round. The Moldovan brushed Thompson aside in straight sets, progressing to the second round with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 win.
Needless to say, the result should boost Albot's confidence ahead of the fixture against the higher-ranked Fritz.
Taylor Fritz vs Radu Albot head-to-head
Taylor Fritz and Radu Albot have met once on tour before with Fritz leading the head-to-head 1-0.
Their sole match took place in the semifinals of the 2019 Los Cabos Open. Fritz clinched the encounter in straight sets, winning 6-3, 6-2.
This will be their first match on clay.
Taylor Fritz vs Radu Albot prediction
Taylor Fritz has a powerful serve, which is one of his strongest weapons. He fired 14 aces in the first round and will be aiming to pick up a bunch of quick points against Albot as well.
The American also has a solid baseline game, and loves to take the initiative in the rallies with his strong forehand.
Radu Albot, on the other hand, is known for his never-give-up attitude. The Moldovan fights for every point, and runs down practically every ball.
Thanks to his years of experience as a doubles player, Albot also has an impressive game at the net. He relies on quick footwork and extensive court coverage to gain control of rallies, but can finish points with some deft volleys too.
While Fritz is eight years younger than Albot and thus likely to have higher fitness levels, he might still be exhausted from the five-setter against Machac. If Albot can extend the points long enough and put the American on the move, he would have a great chance of pulling off an upset.
Prediction: Radu Albot to win in four sets.
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