Pablo Carreno-Busta vs. Kevin Anderson - 2020 Vienna Open First Round
Wednesday October 28th, 2020 / 1:50pm EST
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Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain faces South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the Round of 16 at the 2020 Vienna Open in Austria. The match Wednesday October 28th, 2020. Pablo Carreno Busta has been in outstanding form so far this season, and he faces the veteran who is attempting a comeback after a long injury layoff. Anderson leads the head to head 4-1 but none of those matches have taken place within the past two years. Who has what it takes to advance to the Quarter-Finals?
Pablo Carreno-Busta (PCB) has been having a fantastic season this year. He followed up his amazing run to the US Open Semi-Finals with a Quarter-Final appearance at Roland Garros. He was surprisingly beaten in the First Round in Antwerp last week and will be looking to get back on track with a good showing here. He is an extremely solid baseline player, who has a good mix of offense and defense in his game. He hardly ever gives points away and is one of those players that you have to hit through to beat. He has added an extra offensive gear to his arsenal recently which may explain the recent good form. The Spaniard looked great against Gael Monfils in the First Round here before the Frenchman retired due to injury. He will be confident in his abilities to advance here against the veteran.
Kevin Anderson is a former top-5 player who is attempting a comeback after almost two years of struggling with knee and elbow injuries. He was injured at the worst possible time as he was in the best form of his career and had just broken into the top 5. Now at 34 years of age he has an uphill battle to get back to the top of the game where he once was, but will be backing himself to do so. Despite his age he is still possesses one of the biggest and best serves on tour so can never be discounted. He looked good in his First Round win over Dennis Novak but it was clear that he is short of match practice. Novak really gifted him the match after being up 6-3 in the third set tiebreak and you can be sure that Carreno-Busta won't be so forgiving.
I am going with Pablo Carreno-Busta to win this match. If Anderson serves well he can keep it close but the Spaniard's accurate groundstrokes and passing strokes should be too much to handle here. Expect a few breaks to separate the two, but PCB to eventually prevail.