The second-round action at the 2020 Sardinia Open will see the number 6 seed, and world number 54, Pablo Andujar of Spain, taking on Federico Delbonis of Argentina, currently ranked 78th on Wednesday, October 14. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Pablo Andujar v Federico Delbonis match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Pablo Andujar v Federico Delbonis Head to Head
The pair have met three times before and Andujar has won on each occasion. All their previous matches were on clay.
The first match was at the Monte Carlo Masters in 2012, followed by the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires two years later. Their most recent meeting came in Marrakesh last year, with Andujar winning in straight sets.
Andujar Struggled Past Qualifier
Andujar beat the Slovak qualifier Jozef Kovalik in his first round match on Tuesday, but he made hard work of defeating a man ranked 71 places below him in the world.
He broke the Slovak’s serve in the second game of the match, but then lost his own serve twice to hand his opponent the advantage. Fortunately for him, he was able to break back straight away, and then broke again to clinch the first set.
His fallibility on serve was evident once more as he dropped his in the first game of the second set, but, five games later, was able to break back to level.
Both men had their struggles with serve after that, but it was Kovalik who eventually cracked, enabling Andujar to close out the match, sealing victory on his first match-point.
It was hardly convincing, but, given that he had lost in the first round in his two previous senior ATP tournaments since lockdown, the US, and French Opens, he can count it as progress of a sort.
Delbonis Overcomes Local Favourite
Delbonis reached this stage with a good win over local favourite Andreas Seppi in the first round on Tuesday, although it was a close match which saw only one break of serve in it.
That went to Delbonis in the 11th game of the first set, and that gave him the lead, which he was then able to consolidate by serving out for the set.
The second set was even closer and there was nothing to divide the pair of them, so it eventually went to a tie-break.
The pair swapped breaks at the start of the breaker, and when Seppi won a point against the serve, he thought he had the chance to level the match. However, Delbonis broke back straight away, and then again, and was able to wrap the match up in a little over 2 hours.
If he were to reach the third round here, he would equal his best performance since lockdown, which came in Kitzbuhel where he eventually lost to Miomir Kecmanovic.
Andujar v Delbonis Prediction and Tip
Despite Andujar’s struggles in his first round match, the Spaniard will start as our favourite to win this match with an opponent against whom he has a 100% record.
Tip: Andujar to win: 11/10 (bet365)