Italy’s Lorenzo Soengo, one of four Italian wildcards, will play Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in the first round of the 2020 Italian Open on Monday, September 14. The match begins at around 3 pm local time (2 pm BST). Get the live streaming options of this Lorenzo Sonego v Nikoloz Basilashvili match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Lorenzo Sonego v Nikoloz Basilashvili Head to Head
This will be a first-ever meeting between these two players.
Sonego Has Negative Win-Loss Record in 2020
The coronavirus-enforced break was a blessing in disguise for Lorenzo Sonego, who in an effort to salvage the remainder of 2020 season, will look to post just a third tour-level win of the season.
The Turin native has a 2-8 win-loss record for the year, with both victories coming in one tournament – at the ATP 500 in Rio. Sonego lost in the first round in each other event he contested this year both before and after the tour suspension.
It is of course a whirlwind turn of events considering that at this juncture last year, the 25-year-old broke new ground on the main tour having made a maiden quarterfinal in Monte Carlo as a qualifier and won his first and thus far only title in Antalya.
He seems to have tasted that winning feeling again after winning a pair of exhibition tournaments in Italy during lockdown which naturally will inspire his shattered confidence. Sonego, who is one of four Italian wildcards this week, has reached the second round in Rome only once before (in 2018).
Basilashvili, Georgia’s Lone Champion on Tour
Apart from being his country’s finest tennis player, Nikoloz Basilashvili is also one of the most prominent athletes to come from Georgia. With three titles to his name (remarkably, all ATP 500-level), Basilashvli has been the most dangerous floater inside the top-30 in past couple of seasons.
An elbow injury towards the end of 2019 derailed his momentum, and even though he was passed fit to begin the year at the ATP Cup, he was slow off the blocks. He has won only four matches this year, and he is another player who dearly loved the break to recharge his batteries for the upcoming few months of the year.
Two of Basilashvili’s career titles have come on clay (both in Hamburg), and is generally at the peak of his powers when he plays on the dirt. The 28-year-old is one of the cleanest strikers of a tennis ball when his game is firing on all cylinders, but on more than one occasion he is also one synonymous for throwing in the towel with a handful of erratic performances.
Can he progress into the second round on Monday?
Sonego v Basilashvili Prediction & Tip
These are two players who enjoyed significant career achievement in past one year and fared poorly this year. The break couldn’t have come at a better time for either of them and it will be intriguing to see who is hungrier to get a confidence-boosting win on Monday. We expect Sonego to have the edge here following his exploits at the Italian championship exhibition tournaments during lockdown.
.Tip: Sonego to win: 8/11 (bet365)