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Sofia Open 2020: Richard Gasquet vs Roberto Carballes Baena preview, head-to-head & prediction

Richard Gasquet
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Modified 09 Nov 2020, 19:26 IST
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Fixture: Richard Gasquet vs Roberto Carballés Baena

Date: 10 November 2020

Tournament: Sofia Open 2020

Round: First round (Round of 32)

Venue: Sofia, Bulgaria

Category: ATP 250 Series

Surface: Indoor hardcourt

Prize money: €325,615

Match timing: 12 pm local time, 3.30 pm IST

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Live telecast: USA - ESPN / Tennis Channel

Richard Gasquet vs Roberto Carballes Baena preview

The 2020 Sofia Open will witness seasoned campaigners Richard Gasquet and Roberto Carballes Baena take on each other in an intriguing first round clash.

The match will hold greater significance for Gasquet, who snapped a losing streak at the recently held Paris Masters. The Frenchman will now look to end an underwhelming season on a somewhat positive note.

He will still enter this clash with a certain sense of caution though, as his opponent has been playing some good tennis in recent months.

Roberto Carballes Baena
Roberto Carballes Baena

Roberto Carballes Baena had suffered a slew of early exits at the start of the year, but he managed a complete turnaround beginning September. After scoring a good win in New York, the Spaniard went on to upset Denis Shapovalov in the second round at Roland Garros.

The run in Paris saw him return to the top 100 of the world rankings, and that would have certainly given him a huge confidence boost.

A proven claycourt specialist, Carballes Baena is yet to achieve a big result on faster surfaces. A somewhat open draw at this year's Sofia tournament could give him extra motivation to do well there.

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Richard Gasquet vs Roberto Carballes Baena head-to-head

Richad Gasquet will have an edge over his opponent playing on the indoor hard-courts.
Richad Gasquet will have an edge over his opponent playing on the indoor hard-courts.

Richard Gasquet has won the duo's only prior meeting, and therefore leads the head-to-head 1-0. The win came at the 2016 Madrid Masters, with the Frenchman coming out on top in straight sets.

Richard Gasquet vs Roberto Carballes Baena prediction

Richard Gasquet hasn't played his best tennis this season, but he will still go into this match as the favorite due to his experience and prowess on the surface.

The Frenchman's attacking game - anchored by a masterful one-handed backhand - is designed to do well on the indoor courts of Sofia. He will step out on the court looking to take control, and the outcome could well come down to how well he is striking the ball on the day.

Roberto Carballes Baena, on his part, will need to take a more proactive stance than usual in the rallies. Hanging behind the baseline and trying to fend off a barrage of big groundstrokes can only take him so far in this match.

Prediction: Richard Gasquet to win in two tight sets.

Published 08 Nov 2020, 21:01 IST
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