An old rivalry will be renewed when Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic will take on Marco Cecchinato of Italy in the second round of the 2020 Italian Open. The match is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16 and begins at around 5 pm local time (or 4 pm BST). Get the live streaming options of this Filip Krajinovic v Marco Cecchinato match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Filip Krajinovic v Marco Cecchinato Head to Head
Both players, born in 1992, will be facing off for the eighth time in their careers. Krajinovic leads narrowly 4-3, while on clay it’s 3-2 in favour of Cecchinato. Their last meeting came at the 2019 Australian Open where Krajinovic needed five sets to get the better of Cecchinato and move to the second round.
All but one of their remaining matches have come at the Challenger circuit while their first ever meeting was at the 2014 US Open qualifiers.
Krajinovic Gets Past Auger-Aliassime
We had an inkling Krajinovic would push Felix Auger-Aliassime and that there would be three sets in the match. The first part of that prediction did come true but not the second. The match lasted two sets and not only did Krajinovic push Auger-Aliassime, he also came through with relative ease, winning 6-4, 7-5.
The confidence Krajinovic had coming into this match from having three clay court exhibition tournaments during the pandemic break, showed in this match. Krajinovic was the finalist at the finalist at the first and ill-fated Adria Tour competition, defeating Novak Djokovic in the league stages of the tournament.
He then won seven matches in a row at the Eastern European Championship – again on red dirt – but what was particularly impressive to watch was the pivot he made soon after on hard courts. Krajinovic made the quarterfinal at the Cincinnati Masters and entered round three at the US Open.
And with a strong win on clay about 10 days after his US Open exit points to a player who can adapt. A world ranking of 29, inching towards his career-best, a testimony to that.
Qualifier Cecchinato Gets Past Edmund
Cecchinato is a qualifier, while Kyle Edmund is ranked 45th in the world but there was always going to be a struggle on the cards given his clay court struggles. And it turned out to be like that as Cecchinato was made to huff and puff for his three set win, at least in the first two sets before claiming the third 6-2.
The win assumes special meaning for Cecchinato whose slide down the rankings charts – the former world number 16 is currently 113th in the world – has been well-chronicled.
More so because he had come into the tournament having lost four matches in a row on clay before the pandemic suspension.
It now boils down to whether he can push on for another win against a top-notch player.
Krajinovic v Cecchinato Prediction and Tip
This could be another fluctuating battle that sees the third set and that is where we are putting our money.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 11/8 (bet365)