Marton Fucsovics of Hungary, the world number world number 84, will play the 32-ranked Filip Krajinovic of Serbia on Tuesday, August 25. The match will be played sometime after 7 pm local time (12 am BST August 26). Get the live streaming options of this Marton Fucsovics v Filip Krajinovic match along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Marton Fucsovics v Filip Krajinovic Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first meeting between the two 28-year-olds.
Fucsovics Encouraged by Dimitrov Victory
Fucsovics had a successful junior career, winning the US Open doubles’ title in 2009, and the Wimbledon boys’ singles a year later.
He has never been able to replicate that form on the senior tour, although he has been a solid and consistent performer for years.
The Hungarian has been in two finals, winning the German Open in 2018, defeating the German Peter Gojowcyyk in the final; however, he was beaten by Daniil Medvedev in Sofia last February.
He had a mixed start to 2020. He qualified for Doha and then got to the quarter-finals, and then reached the fourth round in Melbourne, equalling his best ever performance at a Grand Slam. However, he then lost in the first round in his next three events – In Rotterdam, Marseilles, and Dubai.
He was required to qualify for this tournament, beating first Brandon Nakashima and then Pablo Martinez in straight sets.
That earned him a first-round tie with Norbert Gombos of Slovakia, and again he beat him in straight sets.
He was the underdog in his second-round tie with the 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, but pulled off a hard-fought win, coming from behind to win a third-set tie-break.
Krajinovic Stuns Pre-Tournament Favourite Thiem Early
Krajinovic is the third ranked Serbian player behind Novak Djokovic and Dusan Lajovic. He has been a pro for 12 years, and has yet to win a senior ATP title, although he has been in three finals, the most prestigious of which was the Paris Masters in 2017, when he lost to the American Jack Sock.
Last October, he was beaten by Denis Shapovalov in the Stockholm Open final.
He has had more success on the Challenger and ITF tours, where he has won 12 titles, the most recent of which came in Germany last May.
The Serb’s year began with second round defeats in Doha and then Melbourne, before he reached the semi-finals in both Montpellier and Rotterdam, losing to Gael Monfils on each occasion.
A second-round defeat in Dubai was his last result pre-lockdown.
He was subsequently part of the ill-fated Adria Tour organised by his compatriot Djokovic, although he escaped contracting coronavirus himself.
After playing in exhibition games, he faced Salvatore Caruso of Italy in the first round here, and cruised past him, to set up a second-round tie with the world number three, and number two seed, Dominic Thiem.
In a totally one-sided encounter, he completely dominated the Austrian in a match that lasted barely an hour. Thiem won just three games and claimed just two points off the Krajinovic serve.
Marton Fucsovics v Filip Krajinovic Prediction & Tip
Although both had big wins in their second-round matches, Krajinovic’s performance against Thiem was the more eye-catching, and it continues some of the fine form he was showing before lockdown. The higher ranked player will start as clear favourite to make the fourth-round.
Tip: Krajinovic to win in straight sets: 11/8 (bet365)