Highest ranked Indian in ATP Men’s Singles rankings and world number 91 Prajnesh Gunneswaran will face Cedric-Marcel Stebe from Germany in the first round of Winston Salem Open, an ATP 250 events on Monday, 19th August 2019. The match is scheduled for 5 pm local time (10 pm BST) on court three. You can find the Prajnesh Gunneswaran v Cedric-Marcel Stebe live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Prajnesh Gunneswaran v Cedric-Marcel Stebe Head to Head
This will be the first-ever meeting between the two with both the players appearing for the first time at this event.
Gunneswaran, the Man on the Rise
29-year-old Indian has been having a solid season so far and has achieved many first this year. Having entered the top 100 in the rankings in February earlier this year, Gunneswaran also made his debut Grand Slam appearance by qualifying for the main draw and followed it up with gaining automatic entry to Wimbledon as well.
He also made his first appearance in by coming through the qualifying rounds of 2019 BNP Paribas Open and reached round 3 with victories over Frenchman Benoit Paire and 17th seed Nikoloz Basilshvii before bowing out of the competition following a straight-set loss to Ivo Karlovic.
The Indian followed it up with another ATP 1000 appearances by qualifying for Miami Open where he lost in the opening round to Spaniard, Jaume Munar. He has had a 22-17 record in 2019 with 16-9 on Hardcourt.
He will be hoping to continue his good year by getting past the German where he will likely to face the top seed and world number 30, Benoit Paire in the second round.
Cedric-Marcel in Quest to Find Pre-Injury Form
Cedric-Marcel reached a career-high 71 in February 2012 after raking up notable wins against Nikolay Davydenko & Fabio Fognini in the 2011 season. He followed it up with making his maiden Grand Slam appearance at the French Open 2012 as well as beating former World Number 1, Lleyton Hewit in the 2012 Davis Cup World Group Playoff deciding rubber.
A hip injury required him to go under the knife in 2013, and he struggled for fitness over the next two years only making a full return to tennis in 2015.
Again in 2017, Cedric-Marcel reached world number 76 on the back of two solid seasons before back to back wrist operations in 2018 halting his progress and resulting in only featuring in only two events last year.
The German dropped out of top 1000 rankings by the end of 2018, but since his return, he has performed steadily and reached the main draw at Wimbledon 2019. Currently ranked at 253, the German has a 4-9 record in 2019 with his only match on hard court resulting in a loss.
The left-hander will come in this match as the underdog and will be looking to give a good account of himself with the pressure off his shoulders.
Gunneswaran v Stebe Predictions & Tips
Both the players are left-handers with a two-handed backhand and rely more on staying at the baseline and grinding out the points, it is likely to be a cagey affair, but we expect Gunneswaran to come through it in three sets.
Tip: Gunneswaran to win in three sets: 3/1 (888Sport)