Ninth seed Taylor Fritz will on Saturday take on 23rd seed Francisco Cerundolo in the third round of the French Open. The winner here sets up a clash with the winner between sixth seed Holger Rune or qualifier Genaro Alberto Olivieri. Cerundolo started the week ranked 23rd in the ATP but has since moved up two places in the live ranking. This is as a result of advancing to this round, for the first time in three appearances at Roland Garros. The Argentine defeated Yannick Hanfmann in straight sets to record his 22nd win of the season in 36 matches played. Of his wins, 15 have come on clay. Before the French Open, Cerundolo had made it to the final of the Lyon Open.
Taylor Fritz arrived in Paris right after his semifinal elimination in Geneva. The world number eight has also played one final this season but he fared better than Cerundolo, winning in Delray. Fritz is making his seventh appearance at Roland Garros and is gunning to go beyond the third round for the first time. The last two editions have seen him eliminated in the second round. Getting past that hurdle should have him confident of another win. Fritz has been dominant this year, and currently has a record of 31 wins and 11 losses. His latest victory saw him come from a set down to defeat Arthur Rinderknech 3-1.
Fritz has improved on clay this season. He will have the advantage of having been on the court for lesser time. Coupled with his all-around experience, we predict that Francisco Cerundolo v Taylor Fritz will be a win for Fritz.