2020 French Open First Round – Roberto Bautista Agut vs Richard Gasquet Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Roberto Bautista Agut vs Richard Gasquet on and what time does it start? Tuesday 29th September, 2020 – not before 13:15 (UK)

Where is Roberto Bautista Agut vs Richard Gasquet taking place? Stade Roland Garros, Paris

What surface is Roberto Bautista Agut vs Richard Gasquet being played on? Clay

Where can I get tickets for Roberto Bautista Agut vs Richard Gasquet? A reduced number of spectators can attend one of the three main courts and tickets can be found here

What channel is Roberto Bautista Agut vs Richard Gasquet on? Both ITV and Eurosport will be showing live coverage of the French Open so it is worth checking their schedules

Where can I stream Roberto Bautista Agut vs Richard Gasquet? ITV Hub, Eurosport Team And Amazon Prime Video

THE LOWDOWN

ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT

  • Although generally seen as a hard-court specialist, Bautista Agut is still a fairly formidable opponent on clay and has never failed to go beyond the first round in Paris in all seven of his main draw appearances.
  • The Spaniard missed the Rome Masters due to the birth of his child but he was able to get some clay preparation at the German Open last week, where he won two games before losing to eventual champion Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals.
  • Bautista Agut has a fairly dominant head-to-head record over Gasquet having won six of their eight career meetings, including a straight-sets win at the Western & Southern Open last month.

RICHARD GASQUET

  • Gasquet does not have a great deal of form to speak of heading into this first round having not played since a second-round defeat at the US Open, while he also bowed out at the second hurdle at the Western & Southern Open and those are his only two tour appearances in the post-lockdown period.
  • The 34-year-old will at least benefit from some home support here as limited spectators are permitted to enter Court Simonne Mathieu and they are likely to be typically vociferous in their backing of the Frenchman.
  • While he is on the losing end of the head-to-head score with Bautista Agut, this will be their first ever meeting on clay so Gasquet will not put too much stock in those previous meetings with the Spaniard.

THE PREDICTION

Home favourite Richard Gasquet is undoubtedly in the twilight of his career these days and is quite a heavy underdog heading into this match against a constantly improving Roberto Bautista Agut. The Frenchman will be cheered on by the limited Parisian crowd and that is a boost for him, but it is difficult to see him troubling Bautista Agut for any length of time here. The Spaniard has played more tennis than Gasquet recently having participated in last week’s German Open so he will be match sharp against a man who hasn’t played a clay-court match for over a year. Gasquet’s one-handed backhand will delight the crowd at times, but he is likely to succumb to Bautista Agut in straight sets.

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