Second seed Pablo Carreno Busta is set to play against France’s Ugo Humbert in the second round of the 2020 European Open in Antwerp. This will be their first-ever meeting – they have never played against each other before.
- Fixture: Ugo Humbert vs Pablo Carreno Busta
- Date: 21st October 2020
- Tournament: European Open
- Round: Round of 16
- Venue: Antwerp, Belgium
- Category: ATP World Tour 250 Series
- Surface: Hard-Court
- Prize Money: €472,590
Ugo Humbert vs Pablo Carreno Busta: Match Preview
Young Ugo Humbert is having a year where he is showing a maturity beyond his years and producing good tennis consistently. The 22-year-old’s 2020 season has been decent, with a 16-11 win-loss record. His best performance was a title at the Auckland Open that he won by defeating his higher-ranked compatriot, Benoit Paire. He also made the third round of the Rome Masters and the semifinals of the Delray Beach ATP 250 event this year.
He defeated Kimmer Coppejans, an unseeded Belgian, by a 6-4, 6-3 score in the first round leading to this matchup.
Meanwhile, Pablo Carreno Busta is the odds-on favorite heading into the match. The second seeding he received may give him a confidence boost against the enduring Frenchman. Boasting a 16-9 win-loss record but no titles this season, this is his first hardcourt tournament after the pandemic break. His best performances were in the Grand Slams, with him booking a semifinals spot at the US Open and a quarterfinals spot at Roland Garros.
Being a top-four seed, Carreno Busta got a bye into the second round of the tournament.
Ugo Humbert vs Pablo Carreno Busta: Head-to-Head
This will be the two players’ first-ever meeting. Thus, their head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Ugo Humbert vs Pablo Carreno Busta: Match Prediction
The higher-ranked and seeded Spaniard looks set to win this match. His favored surface is hardcourt, with his highest win percentage coming from this surface. So, he will find it to be a comfortable environment.
The Frenchman has proven himself on tour as a player to watch out for with a small string of victories against higher-ranked opponents. However, Carreno Busta’s sheer shot-making ability will help him cross the line in this match and prevent an upset from taking place.
Match Prediction: Pablo Carreno Busta to win in straight sets against Ugo Humbert.