Fratangelo vs. Gasquet
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 25, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Richard Gasquet and Bjorn Fratangelo meet in the second round of the 2016 French Open.
Richard Gasquet is coming off a straight sets win over Thomaz Bellucci that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Gasquet won 69 percent of his first serve points and 45 percent of his second serve points. Gasquet played a really clean match overall, as he had just 19 unforced errors and got 67 percent of his first serves in play. Gasquet has been playing solid tennis overall with wins in 10 of his last 15 matches, and of course, he’s been better in grand slams recently after making the quarterfinals and semifinals last season. Gasquet is clearly off to an impressive start. Gasquet has reached the third round of a grand slam in his last five appearances.
Bjorn Fratangelo is coming off a four set win over Sam Querrey that took 38 games to decide. In the victory, Fratangelo won 69 percent of his first serve points and 69 percent of his second serve points. Besides a third set tiebreak, Fratangelo owned the match and simply won a very high percentage of his second serve points. Fratangelo may be the early surprise of a tournament after he pretty much dominated a top-40 player and now finds himself in this biggest match of his life. Fratangelo may be on the rise as the Americans look for the next big star. Fratangelo has never reached the third round of a grand slam in his young career.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
I’m very impressed with the way Fratangelo performed, especially for a guy who just turned pro a few years ago and doesn’t have many big matches under his belt. I’d give Fratangelo a set if he can continue to serve well, but it’s tough to pick him to win against the talented and experienced Gasquet.
Gasquet is in great form right now and should win this in four sets.