The 45th ranked and Britain’s Kyle Edmund will be in first round action at the 2020 Italian Open when he takes on Marco Cecchinato on Tuesday, September 15 with the match to be scheduled soon. Get the live streaming options of this Kyle Edmund v Marco Cecchinato match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Kyle Edmund v Marco Cecchinato Head to Head
There has been one previous match between Edmund and Cecchinato and that was played on the clay courts of Nice in 2016. Edmund had that qualifier in straight sets, who then retired from his opening round match against Alexander Zverev.
Edmund to Open Clay Court Campaign
Having played 27 matches across circuits this season including the exhibition matches during the pandemic-induced break, Edmund will be featuring in his first match on clay this year. And while he has dished out a title-winning performance this season otherwise, Edmund’s record on clay will be something to worry about.
Last season, Edmund featured in six clay court tournaments, and reached the second round – an exited there – at just two of them. In the remaining four, including the Rome Masters, Edmund was sent packing in the opening round.
Agreed, some of these defeats were to top-notch clay court players, but there were others to those very low in the rankings too – Denis Kudla, Fernando Verdasco and Pablo Cuevas.
Edmund’s only top performance of note on clay was his quarterfinal appearance at the Madrid Masters in 2018, and how he would love to take a few notes from that showing in which he had defeated the likes of Kei Nishikori, Novak Djokovic and Davi Goffin.
Cecchinato’s Fallen 100+ Places
It was in early 2019 and Cecchinato was going places with his tennis. Having won his first two ATP titles the previous year, Cecchinato had added another in 2019 at the Buenos Aires, and touched his career-best ranking of 16th in the world.
And then suddenly things went kaput for him. In the rest of the season, Cecchinato recorded a mere 13 wins from the 37 matches he played, and even on his favourite surface of clay, he finished a poor 11-13 on win-loss across tournaments.
So much so, after making another shoddy start to the year in 2020, Cecchinato opted to play in a Challenger tournament on clay in February to get his rhythm back.
He reached the final at the Punta del Este challenger but even that did not seem to help him too much as he embarked upon another four-match losing streak at Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Rio and Santiago, not progressing to round two in any of them and losing valuable points.
A first round, straight-set drubbing at the US Open combined with all his previous results meant he was left with no option but to go through three rounds of qualifiers here at Rome. And while he has won these three and faces an opponent who hasn’t done too well on clay, Cecchinato needs a huge confidence-boost coming into this opening round to avoid a repeat of the previous opening round matches.
Edmund v Cecchinato Prediction & Tip
This is a tough one to call, it could be a battle of two strugglers, both with a point or three to prove. As a result of which, we could see this stretched a lot.
Tip: Over 20.5 games in the match: 5/6 (bet365)