Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada, the number 16 seed, will play Filip Krajinovic of Serbia, the world number 26, in the first round of the ATP Italian Open on Monday, September 14. The match kick-starts at 11 am local time (10 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Felix Auger-Aliassime v Filip Krajinovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Felix Auger-Aliassime v Filip Krajinovic Head to Head
The pair have played each other twice before, and the current head-to-head record is one win apiece. Auger-Aliassime won their semi-final in Seville in 2017, but Krajinovic got his revenge in Rotterdam a year later.
Auger-Aliassime’s Wait for an ATP Title Continues
20-year old Auger-Aliassime is still without a senior ATP career title, despite having been in five finals in the past two years, including two prior to lockdown this February in Rotterdam and Marseille.
Now the third ranked Canadian player after Denis Shapovalov, he comes into this event after his best-ever performance at a Grand Slam, reaching the fourth round in New York for the first time. That run included an impressive straight sets victory over Andy Murray, before he eventually was beaten by Dominic Thiem.
However, despite the fact that he reached the finals in both Lyon and Rio last year, he does not have a good record on clay, particularly in Masters’ events. and have just two solitary victories in Monte Carlo and Madrid to his name.
Krajinovic Back on His Preferred Surface
28-year-old Krajinovic has never won a senior ATP title either, although he has been in three finals, including the prestigious Paris Masters in 2017. Last year he was a beaten finalist on clay in Budapest, and in Stockholm on a hard court.
However, he has enjoyed considerable success on the Challenger tour, where he has won 12 titles, 10 of them on clay.
This though will be his first time back on his favourite surface this year,
Since lockdown, his biggest result came in the second round of the Cincinnati Open, where he thrashed the world number three, Dominic Thiem of Austria, in straight sets for the loss of just three games.
He went on to reach the quarter-finals there before eventually losing to Milos Raonic of Canada, and he had another good run at the US Open, reaching the third round before losing to David Goffin of Belgium in three sets.
This will be the first time he will be competing in the Italian Open.
Auger-Aliassime v Krajinovic Prediction & Tip
Although Auger-Aliassime is the higher-ranked player, he is up against a man who grew up on clay and has achieved the greatest success in his career on the surface. That should give the Serb the edge in this match.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)