Richard Gasquet vs. Roberto Bautista Agut - 2020 French Open First Round
Tuesday, September 29 2020
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Roberto Bautista Agut meets Richard Gasquet in the first round of the 2020 French Open on Tuesday, September 29th 2020. This is going to be an extremely tight encounter, but will it be the consistent Spaniard or the flamboyant Frenchman to come through?
Richard Gasquet has not had the restart he would have desired since the return of the ATP Tour, losing his first-round match at the US Open against Alex De Minaur. Gasquet is a very solid player and if his career was not plagued by injuries, he would have become a Grand Slam champion without a doubt. Gasquet has such a beautiful game, and he probably has one of the top 3 one-handed backhands of all time beauty wise. I expect Gasquet to be rusty coming in here as he did not participate either in the clay court tournaments prior to the French Open and he will have to ensure his game is up to speed as he has probably one of the toughest first round matches ahead.
Roberto Bautista Agut is Mr. Consistent, reaching the quarterfinals of the Hamburg Open last week, only losing to Andrey Rublev who was in incredible form there. I expect RBA to know he can make it very far here at the French Open and having looked at his game last week, he has a strong chance. RBA is extremely fun to watch (some might find boring) because he continously hits the ball back and will do that for 20-30 shots without an issue hoping to get his opponents to hit mistakes. RBA is one of the last players to play like this and he is a scary opponent for anyone.
This is going to be the 9th meeting between both players, with Roberto Bautista Agut leading the head to head 6-2. Gasquet is an amazing player, but he has not found his form since the return of tennis, and his lack of play on clay does not help his case here at the French Open. Roberto Bautista Agut, on the other hand, has been in incredible form anywhere he plays and he knows that Gasquet can get a little bit impatient at times, which plays perfectly in his hands. I'll take RBA to win.