TennisSection previews the 2021 French Open as Pablo Carreno Busta (12) meets Norbert Gombos in the First Round on Sunday May 30th, 2021.
Twelfth seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta begins his 2021 French Open campaign against unseeded Norbert Gombos of Slovakia. A Quarter-Finalist last year, he will seek to do better this year and is always a good bet to reach the later rounds at the Grand Slams. Can Gombos do the unthinkable and upset the Spaniard? Or will PCB advance to the Second Round here at Roland Garros 2021 as expected?
Pablo Carreno Busta is currently ranked #12 in the ATP world rankings and is the twelfth seed here at the 2021 French Open. The Spaniard is one of the most consistent players on the Tour and is extremely difficult to beat in these big tournaments. However, he has been in poor form of late, and lost early in Madrid before retiring in Rome. It remains to be seen how serious his back injury is and if it is still bothering him, but if he is fully fit he will be the huge favorite here against Norbert Gombos, and heavily favored to reach the Second Round at Roland Garros 2021. PCB is one of the best movers on tour, and is relentless from the baseline. He is the type of player that usually requires an outstanding performance to defeat him, and very rarely loses to lower ranked players.
Norbert Gombos is ranked #87 in the world and is unseeded here at the 2021 French Open. He has had a strong run of form lately on the clay, reaching the Quarter-Finals in both Andalucia and Munich, followed by some strong results on the Challenger Tour. The Slovakian is a very solid baseline player who moves well, but lacks the firepower that is usually necessary to defeat the top players. While he will be pleased with his form heading into Roland Garros 2021, he is up against a very strong opponent in Pablo Carreno Busta, and will have to be at his absolute best in order to have any chance here. Gombos enters this match as the massive underdog and it will take a miracle for him to get a result here at Roland Garros
This will be the second meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, with the head to head series tied 1-1. They played each other twice last year, with each player winning once on indoor hard courts. Despite the head to head being even, it is hard to overlook Pablo Carreno Busta here at Roland Garros 2021. The Spaniard always produces on the big stage, and it is extremely unlikely that Norbert Gombos will be able to match him here at Roland Garros, especially over five sets. I expect this match to end in a straightforward win for PCB, who will advance to the Second Round here at the 2021 French Open without much fuss.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Pablo Carreno Busta to win.