The opening round of the 2019 Rome Masters has a big match for us as 19th ranked Cecchinato will face 27th ranked De Minaur and this could have easily been a quarterfinals clash if the draw was different. These two will meet on Monday, May 13, with the timing still to be announced. Get Marco Cecchinato v Alex De Minaur live streaming options along with preview, head to head and tips here.
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Marco Cecchinato v Alex de Minaur Head to Head
These players have met in the opening round of last year’s Wimbledon and de Minaur won much harder than anyone expected ahead of the match.
He won 3-1 but all four sets were tight – 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 which was surprising as de Minaur entered that match as an 1.4 favourite and with a 19-7 grass surface record while the seven years older Cecchinato had only 2/2 on grass.
That match showed how good Cecchinato can be even outside of his comfort zone as he played 80% of his matches on clay but has managed to make it hard for De Minaur.
Cecchinato Looking for His Best Result in Rome Yet
Cecchinato had an amazing last year as he won the Santiago Challenger and his first two ATP titles, in Budapest and Umag (both ATP 250 events). All these tournaments were played on clay and his clay record in 2018 was 37 wins and just 15 losses, with wins over Carreno-Busta, Goffin and even Djokovic on his way to the Roland-Garros semifinals, where he lost to Thiem.
He continued with good clay performances in this year as well, as he managed to win the ATP Buenos Aires event in February without losing a set. His clay court record in this year is 8/5 at the moment and after losing to Garin and Schwartzman in his previous two matches (in Munich and Madrid) he is looking for a win here.
De Minaur is Playing Bad Since February
Although de Minaur has a solid 10-6 record in this year he won nine of 10 matches in the first 16 days of January, all that in Australia, on his home soil.
After those big performances Down Under and the title in Brisbane, which he won without losing a single set, De Minaur won only one of his next five matches. Even that one win was pretty tight as he needed two tiebreakers to defeat Jarry, which as a 3.7 underdog entering their match.
De Minaur played only twice on clay so far this year and lost to the 185th ranked Domingues in Estoril and after that to Hurkacz in Madrid so it’s not strange seeing him as a big underdog ahead of this one.
Cecchinato v de Minaur Predictions & Tips
Cecchinato is in much better form than De Minaur at the moment and is also a better clay-courter so I don’t think that the Italian will have any problems winning this match in straight sets.
Tip: Cecchinato to win 2-0: 4/5 (888Sport)