Up To £100 In Bet Credits
  • New Customer Offer
  • Up To £100 In Bet Credits
  • Watch & Bet On Live Tennis
Sign Up Now Up To £100 In Bet Credits
New Customers only. Up to £100* in Bet Credits. Sign up, deposit £5* or more to your account and bet365 will match your qualifying deposit in Bet Credits when you place qualifying bets to the same value and they are settled. Min odds/bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. T&Cs, time limits & exclusions apply.

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta French Open tennis preview, head-to-head and predictions

Will a French Open rematch of the fateful US Open clash see Novak Djokovic beat Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in the semifinals?

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta is live from Roland Garros on Wednesday 7 October, 5pm local/4pm BST

Novak Djokovic has only technically lost to one player in 2020 – and it’s that player who stands between him and a tenth French Open semifinal appearance.

French Open 2020: Find out tournament information for Roland Garros 2020 and how to stream French Open matches live

It was Pablo Carreno Busta across the net when Djokovic vented his frustration and earned that now-infamous default in the fourth round of the US Open. The Spaniard has never beaten Djokovic in a completed match – nor has anybody else in 2020.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

How to watch Djokovic vs Carreno Busta live

French Open matches including Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta are streamed live alongside odds and in-play betting at bet365.

1. Click here to go to bet365
2. Sign in or open an account and deposit £5 or more
3. Go to tennis > French Open > Djokovic vs Carreno Busta

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta: Head-to-head

Novak Djokovic leads the head-to-head with Pablo Carreno Busta 3-1. Carreno Busta’s solitary victory came when Djokovic was defaulted at the US Open when trailing 5-6 in the opening set.

On clay, Djokovic leads 2-0, beating Carreno Busta at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in 2014 and 2017.

In completed matches, Djokovic has won six of seven sets against Carreno Busta.

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta: Preview

Novak Djokovic has lost more quarterfinals at the French Open than at any other Grand Slam – a grand total of four out of the 13 he has played – with defeats to Rafael Nadal, Jurgen Melzer, Marco Cecchinato and Dominic Thiem. Can Pablo Carreno Busta join that elite group?
Djokovic has yet to lose a set at the French Open this year, and he obviously has yet to lose a completed match in 2020 (or a completed match to Carreno Busta, for that matter). The question is whether he’s playing his best tennis, or if he’s yet to be meaningfully tested. I don’t think he has been playing his best, but I also think he hasn’t needed it (he didn’t play his best in Rome, either, and he still won the title).

It’s the Djokovic forehand which troubled him in New York and in Rome, and it’s the Djokovic forehand which Mikael Ymer, Ricardas Berankis, Daniel Elahi Galan and Karen Khachanov have, between them, been unable to put under sustained, meaningful scrutiny. Khachanov pushed Djokovic the most, especially in the first set, but just doesn’t have the consistency and relentlessness off the ground (or didn’t on Monday, anyway).

Pablo Carreno Busta (ChrysleneCaillaud/Panoramic)

Might Carreno Busta? The 29-year-old Spaniard has been playing some of the best tennis I’ve ever seen him play since the shutdown – better than when he was a top-10 player in 2017 (briefly). Now 10-3 since competition resumed, he did of course massively benefit from Djokovic’s default in the fourth round on his journey to the US Open semifinals, but it was his second time there, and he was playing very well against the Serb – whether he would have been able to sustain that level, and whether Djokovic would have found a way back, are open questions to which we will never know the answer.

I don’t see a win for Carreno Busta in this match. In the final analysis, the Spaniard’s game, while well-rounded, lacks those overwhelming offensive weapons which you need to end points against Djokovic, and he isn’t going to out-grind the Serb; who could? (Well, Rafael Nadal, but that’s another story.) This should be Djokovic’s toughest test so far, however, and he will have to raise his level. Expect Carreno Busta to make it a testing match.

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta: Prediction

With both men looking to reach their first Grand Slam final, will it be Alexander Zverev or Pablo Carreno Busta who seizes opportunity at the US Open?

Zverev vs Carreno Busta is live from New York on Thursday 10 September, 4pm local/9pm BST

Alexander Zverev has long been seen as a Grand Slam champion-in-waiting, but nerves almost cost him his chance to make the semifinals for the first time in New York. Can he shake them off when he faces Carreno Busta?

US Open 2020: Tournament information, schedules, latest news and live streaming information for the resilient Grand Slam in New York

Pablo Carreno Busta had to battle for over four hours to shake off the challenge of Denis Shapovalov, but after two days’ rest, will he have what he needs in the tank to take down Zverev?

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

How to watch Zverev vs Carreno Busta live

US Open matches including Alexander Zverev vs Pablo Carreno Busta are streamed live alongside odds and in-play betting at bet365.

1. Click here to go to bet365
2. Sign in or open an account and deposit £5 or more
3. Go to tennis > US Open > Zverev vs Carreno Busta

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

Zverev vs Carreno Busta: Head-to-head

Alexander Zverev beat Pablo Carreno Busta in their only previous meeting, winning 7-6(4), 6-2 in the semifinals of the Miami Masters in 2018.

Zverev vs Carreno Busta: Preview

Alexander Zverev played, in Tuesday’s quarterfinal match against Borna Coric, like a man who knew he had been given a huge opportunity at this Grand Slam by Novak Djokovic’s exit, and that’s not a compliment.

While Djokovic going out didn’t affect this match-up, knowing that it would be Pablo Carreno Busta or Denis Shapovalov waiting in the semifinals and not 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic – and knowing that a new male Grand Slam champion was guaranteed – the sense of being desperate not to let this opportunity slip hung in the air and Zverev might well be on the plane home if Coric hadn’t also played like he felt it.

Zverev played an abysmal first set and although he levelled, winning the second set in a tie-break, he still might not have managed to lift himself out of the mire, had Coric not hesitated when he had a chance to really put his foot down: With Zverev serving at 5-6, 15-30 in the third set, Coric was on top of the point. Instead of sticking to his guns, Coric backed off, throwing in a drop shot which Zverev tracked down for a winner. The German went on to win the third set in a tie-break and did not look back throughout the fourth for a 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(1), 6-3 victory.

Pablo Carreno Busta is playing his second US Open semifinal (PA Images)

Zverev’s old nemesis, the nervous double fault, came back to haunt him and he finished the match with 18 aces to 12 double faults, which would probably be fine if they didn’t have a tendency to arrive in battalions. Whichever way you slice it, he will have to play better to beat Carreno Busta in the semifinals. The good news is that he definitely can.

Carreno Busta played well – actually very well – in his quarterfinal against Denis Shapovalov, but it will have been a draining effort, taking over four hours; the Spaniard said himself he was ‘destroyed’ afterwards, although fortunately he has two days to rest thanks to US Open scheduling. The 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4), 0-6, 6-3 victory was mainly due to Carreno Busta being absolutely clutch in the tie-breaks, and he also showed his experience in the way he managed his energy levels through the five-set match.

The attacking Shapovalov, however, will be a different challenge to Zverev. The key thing about Zverev is that he is quite capable of dropping to the back of the court and trying to grind out a win over Carreno Busta from the baseline – a tactic which probably would work, given his physical advantage over the Spaniard. Given that this will be mitigated by the extra day’s rest, however, it would be much smarter for Zverev to step in, leverage his superior power and attempt to dictate play with his backhand. Zverev has enough levels left to go to that he should win this in three or perhaps four.

Zverev vs Carreno Busta: Prediction

Denis Shapovalov must overcome a losing record against Pablo Carreno Busta if he is to make the US Open semifinals.

Shapovalov vs Carreno Busta is live from New York on Tuesday 8 September, time TBC

Opportunity knocks at the US Open after Novak Djokovic’s shock default left the draw devoid of Grand Slam champions and guaranteed that a new one will be crowned for the first time since Stan Wawrinka won the 2014 Australian Open.

US Open 2020: Tournament information, schedules, latest news and live streaming information for the resilient Grand Slam in New York

Pablo Carreno Busta has been to the US Open semifinals before and has a 3-1 record vs Denis Shapovalov – can the Canadian’s attacking approach see him turn things around against the Spanish player?

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

How to watch Shapovalov vs Carreno Busta live

US Open matches including Denis Shapovalov vs Pablo Carreno Busta are streamed live alongside odds and in-play betting at bet365.

1. Click here to go to bet365
2. Sign in or open an account and deposit £5 or more
3. Go to tennis > US Open > Shapovalov vs Carreno Busta

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

Shapovalov vs Carreno Busta: Head-to-head

Carreno Busta leads the head-to-head with Shapovalov 3-1, having won all three of their hard-court encounters including matches in Vienna and Chengdu in 2019 and a US Open clash in 2017 which Carreno Busta won in three tie-break sets.

Shapovalov’s lone victory over Carreno Busta came on clay at the Rome Masters.

Shapovalov vs Carreno Busta: Preview

Carreno Busta may have progressed to the quarterfinals of the US Open via Djokovic’s default, but the Spaniard should not be discounted as a threat. He has been a US Open semifinalist before, albeit after coming through a soft draw, and he was playing very well against Djokovic before the default, saving multiple break points before breaking Djokovic himself to lead 6-5.

The softly-spoken Carreno Busta, who had his own brush with controversy when he flung his racquet bag violently across the court after defeat to Kei Nishikori at the 2019 Australian Open, will have to try to produce the same exciting, accurate tennis he was playing against Djokovic as the underdog now that he has a real opportunity to go further at the US Open. But he does have a 3-1 record vs Shapovalov, winning all three of their previous hard-court matches, including a US Open encounter in 2017 he won in straight sets and matches in Vienna and Chengdu last year.

Pablo Carreno Busta (PA Images)

Shapovalov also had a losing record against fourth-round opponent David Goffin, however, and an experience disadvantage, but overcame both with an impressive display of attacking tennis. Shapovalov played well during the first set, only to get shut out in a tie-break, but the rest of the match was all about him as he consistently attacked the net and went for his shots. It’s a necessary tactic against someone like Goffin – or Carreno Busta – but it’s not easy to pull off, nor sustain for four sets.

If Shapovalov plays the same way against Carreno Busta, will it work? It should, although Carreno Busta will know what to expect and should adjust his game accordingly as far as he is able. Shapovalov has also spent a long time on court, giving Carreno Busta a physical advantage. I think it’s worth backing the Spaniard to make his second US Open semifinal.

Shapovalov vs Carreno Busta: Prediction

Novak Djokovic looks set to reach the 46th Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career as he takes on Pablo Carreno Busta in the fourth round of the US Open on Sunday.

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta is live from New York on Sunday 6 September, 2pm local/7pm BST

You don’t have to go very far back in the records to find the last time Novak Djokovic failed to make the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam – it happened at this very tournament 12 months ago, when Djokovic struggled and eventually retired when trailing Stan Wawrinka 4-6, 5-7, 1-2.

US Open 2020: Tournament information, schedules, latest news and live streaming information for the resilient Grand Slam in New York

But there’s absolutely nothing to indicate that history will repeat itself. A year on, Djokovic is not only 26-0 in 2020 and much better rested after (albeit involuntarily) taking the best part of six months off; he has a 3-0 record vs his fourth-round opponent Pablo Carreno Busta.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

How to watch Djokovic vs Carreno Busta live

US Open matches including Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta are streamed live alongside odds and in-play betting at bet365.

1. Click here to go to bet365
2. Sign in or open an account and deposit £5 or more
3. Go to tennis > US Open > Djokovic vs Carreno Busta

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta: Head-to-head

Novak Djokovic leads the head-to-head with Pablo Carreno Busta 3-0. Carreno Busta has won only one of the seven sets they have played, and that came on clay at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in 2017.

They last played at the Cincinnati Masters in 2019, when Djokovic won 6-3, 6-4.

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta: Preview

Djokovic continues to go from strength to strength in 2020, despite everything he has to deal with off the court. Having lost the first set to Kyle Edmund in the second round, Djokovic picked up where he left off when he finished strongly against the British player, defeating Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-6, 6-1 in 102 minutes. Djokovic served four aces, won 80% of points played behind his first serve and 17 of the 30 played on his second serve and saved all four break points he faced while breaking Struff on five of the 11 opportunities he created (no mean feat against a player with Struff’s serve).

US Open Predictions and Betting Tips: Outright winner tips for men’s & women’s singles at the 2020 US Open

It felt like an even better performance than the one he produced to beat Struff in the ‘Cincinnati’ quarterfinals just over a week ago, and everything seems to be clicking into place on the court as Djokovic pursues that fourth US Open title.

If there is going to be a serious challenge to the top seed’s US Open campaign, it would be a huge shock if it came from Pablo Carreno Busta.

Pablo Carreno Busta is a former US Open semifinalist (PA Images)

The Spaniard was one of the more unlikely US Open semifinalists of recent times when he beat 29th seed Diego Schwartzman and four unseeded players, three of them ranked outside the top 100, to make the final four in New York in 2017; to be fair, he was also an Indian Wells semifinalist the same year and went on to break into the world’s top 10.

Carreno Busta has not been past the third round of the US Open since, or reached another Grand Slam quarterfinal, but he has been to the last 16 at the Australian Open two years in a row and picked up his fourth ATP Tour title in Chengdu in 2019. His best result of 2020 so far was reaching the semifinals of Rotterdam in February, beating Roberto Bautista Agut there, but wins over top-10 players continue to be rare for the Spaniard: He is 4-30 vs top-10 players, and 1-18 against them on hard courts.

In their first meeting, Djokovic allowed Carreno Busta just one game; their most recent match was a more respectable 6-3, 6-4 scoreline, but in the Serb’s favour, naturally, and it does strain credulity to try to think of Carreno Busta winning this one. He tracks down a lot of balls and makes his opponents hit a lot, but so does Djokovic, and Djokovic combines that with offensive weapons which can end points, not Carreno Busta’s strong point. The Spaniard can’t hit through Djokovic, and he can’t outlast him off the ground, and all in all that makes a match which Djokovic can be expected to cruise through.

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta: Prediction