World No. 35 Lorenzo Sonego meets Portugal’s Joao Sousa in the second round of the 2022 French Open on Thursday, May 26. Get the live streaming options of this match between Lorenzo Sonego and Joao Sousa as well as its preview, head-to-head and tips here.
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Lorenzo Sonego vs. Joao Sousa head to head
There were two previous meetings between them and they were shared by Sonego and Sousa.
Sousa won her 2016 clay encounter at the Rome Masters this season, while Sonego avenged that defeat on the grass courts of Antalya in 2019.
The struggling Sonego gets opening relief
It was an unforgettable season for Sonego as he suffered loss after loss and was on the season’s win-loss record of 10-13.
That included just six wins from 13 games on clay, and despite being an overwhelming favorite in his opener against Peter Gojowczyk, there was always that nagging question as to whether Sonego would live up to that tally.
Luckily for the Italian, he didn’t waste too much time getting past Gojowczyk to record a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win. The world No. 35 was on the pitch for just an hour and 46 minutes before coming through.
Sonego hopes he can bring some of that form to this encounter against a player who is ranked 63 in the world and isn’t the best on clay either, despite his result in Geneva.
Sousa Huffs and Puffs to win in the first round
He was 4/5 to win the opening encounter, but Sousa had to use all his experience to get past Chun Hsin Tseng in this match.
Sousa was on the court for nearly four and a half hours before beating his Chinese Taipei opponent 6-7(5), 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. The match remained balanced until the end before Sousa pushed forward with a break of serve in the ninth game and then completed the victory with the serve in the next game.
What’s interesting is that Sousa broke his opponent a whopping eight times while losing his own serve just three times in the match, and still found a way to find himself in a sticky situation.
The Portuguese now faces a tougher fight, albeit against a struggling opponent in the second round. Can he outperform Sonego with his experience?
Sonego v Sousa prediction and tip
Sonego is a favorite here at 9/20 but we think Sousa has the game and experience to challenge that. Expect Sonego to still come through, but not before Sousa has worried him enough.
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