World No.47 Cristian Garin of Chile will play third seed Marco Cecchinato of Italy in the semifinals of the BMW Open on Saturday, May 4. The match is scheduled to take place at 1:30 pm (12:30 BST). You can find the Roberto Bautista Agut v Rudolf Molleker live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Cristian Garin v Marco Cecchinato Head to Head
These two players have met on two occasions, once on tour and the other meeting in a Challenger circuit. Cecchinato emerged the victor in their only meeting on the ATP tour (Buenos Aires 2019), and it was still the Italian who managed to win their first encounter on Challenger level in 2015.
Garin, the Man Whose Way Is Only Up
It is almost inconceivable that exactly a year ago, Cristian Garin was ranked just outside the Top 200. But 2019 has so far been a year of firsts for the talented Chilean who now needs to make the final at the BMW Open to confirm his status as a Top 40 player.
Garin’s quarterfinal victory over Alexander Zverev perhaps extended by an extra set and to be fair the Chilean should have seen off the German in straight sets before match-points galore kicked in and both players were consigned to the face of defeat on more than once occasion.
The former French Open junior champion was born to play on the dirt and he has backed up that notion with a remarkable 17 wins on the clay. He won his first ATP title in Houston just a few weeks ago and who could bet against him not to make it two this week now that he is firing on all cylinders?
Cecchinato Does Not Know When He Is Beaten
Cristian Garin was not the only man to save match-points on Friday afternoon at the BMW Open. Italy’s Marco Cecchinato produced an impressive comeback to stun Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in three sets, saving one matchpoint at the tail end of the second set.
The man from Palermo – whose second round win over Martin Klizan was devoid of any drama – also saved 15 out of the 19 break points and broke serve in the 11th game of the decider.
The World No.19 also utilized the dropshot to good effect and he will need to dictate the points from the baseline with his powerful backhand which is a very a difficult shot to read, when he faces his toughest test yet on Saturday.
Garin v Cecchinato Predictions & Tips
Cristian Garin is in the form of his life right now and he has proven to be a beast on the clay with a string of excellent performances this year. Cecchinato currently leads the head to head and won a tight encounter in Buenos Aires earlier this year.
The Italian is also no slouch on this surface which makes this semifinal even more intriguing. I expect young Garin to handle the occasion and nerves in spite of his inexperience, because his serve and forehand are two of his signature shots that will pin Cecchinato behind the baseline.
Tip: Garin to win: 15/13 (888Sport)