In the opening round clash at the French Open 2021, World No. 29 and the 27th seed Fabio Fognini will be up against World No. 122 Gregoire Barrere.
|Tournament||French Open 2021|
|Match||Fabio Fognini vs Gregoire Barrere|
|Date||30th May, 2021|
|Prize Money||$72,630 (INR 52,75,625 approx.)|
Fabio Fognini vs Gregoire Barrere : Preview
Fabio Fognini will enter the French Open 2021 looking to overcome his shocking defeat in the first round in the 2020 French Open. His best result so far in the Grand Slam came at the 2011 French Open where he reached the quarter-finals. He had also reached the 4th round in 2018 and 2019. He has a record of 27-13 at the Roland Garros.
He has played 6 tournaments so far on Clay this season with his best result coming at the Monte Carlo Masters 2021 where he reached the quarter-finals. Post his run in Moncao, he could not go past the Round of 16. He found himself in controversy when he was disqualified mid-match after found abusing the baseline judge at the Barcelona Open 2021, a claim he denied.
Local boy Gregoire Barrere will play in his 7th French Open when he takes the court on Sunday. He has however not been impressive having reached the 2nd round only once in 2019. He was knocked out in the first round of the 2020 French Open and has a record of 1-6 in the tournament.
This will be his 6th Clay tournament of the season of which 4 have been on the Challenger level. He last played in the Lyon Open reaching the first round after qualifying from winning his 2 qualifiers for the tournament.
Fabio Fognini vs Gregoire Barrere : Head to Head
This will be the first ever meeting between the two, hence the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Fabio Fognini vs Gregoire Barrere : Prediction
Fabio comes into the tournament with a Clay record of 5-6 for the season. He has been poor on Clay from the past season but will still be favourite given his experience on the tour and with his losses coming against better ranked players as compared to Barrere.
Barrere will enter the tournament with a record of 3-5 on Clay for the season and has not enjoyed much success on the soil with only 1 season out of his last 5 has seen him win more matches than he has lost. He would need to plan his game precisely with perfect execution and then he stands a chance to cause an upset.
Prediction: Fabio Fognini to win in 4-sets in the first round of the French Open 2021.