Márton Fucsovics has had some joy at the French Open in recent years and the Hungarian star will be hoping to build on that for this year’s tournament.
The 30-year-old has pulled off some scalps in the past at Roland Garros and has the game on clay that can cause some of the competition’s title contenders problems.
Fucsovics’ best run at the French Open came back in 2020 as he managed to reach the fourth round of the Grand Slam event in Paris. Current world number two Daniil Medvedev, who is 41.0 in the betting online on tennis to win this year’s French Open, suffered a shock 6-4, 7-6, 2-6, 6-1 defeat to Fucsovics in the first round of the event. While Medvedev would admit his preferred surface would be away from clay, having only ever reached the quarter-finals, the Russian is still a formidable opponent. That victory clearly gave Fucsovics a boost in confidence and he went on to beat Spain’s Albert Ramos in the second round, before seeing off Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro in the third.
It looked like Fucsovics was on his way to the latter stages of the tournament at Roland Garros but he was to eventually crash out in the fourth round. That Grand Slam run was certainly one that put Fucsovics’ name on the map and should stand him in good stead for major competitions to come.
Much like the previous year, Fucsovics got himself off to a flying start in Paris with yet another scalp. This time it was one of the home favourites Gilles Simon who was undone by the tall Hungarian’s powerful play. Fucsovics made a strong start to take the first set 6-4 and never looked back, as he won the following two sets 6-1 and 7-6. However, Fucsovics was not to enjoy the same kind of run he had 12 months previous in the French capital, as he suffered a straight-sets defeat at the hands of Italy’s Fabio Fognini in the second round.
While preparations for the 2022 instalment of the French Open have not been ideal for Fucsovics, he can take plenty from his previous performances at Roland Garros. Fucsovics was forced to retire from his match against Dusan Lajovic at the ATP Masters 1000 Rome after previously beating the American Denis Kudla at the start of May. It was not ideal preparation for Roland Garros but Fucsovics will be looking forward to getting back the French Open and trying to cause a few more upsets against some of the tournament’s seeded stars.
Having previously been as high as 31 in the world rankings, Fucsovics has dropped down to 55th place heading into the French Open. Hungary’s leading men’s player has proven he can mix it with some big names in the sport in the past and will be hoping to spring a few more surprises this time around.