Three-time ATP winner and tournament wild card Marco Cecchinato is expected to burst Danilo Petrovic’s bubble when they meet in the semifinal of the 2020 Sardinia Open. The match is likely to begin at around 12:30 pm local time (11:30 am BST or 6:30 am Eastern Time) on Saturday, October 17. Get the live streaming options of this Marco Cecchinato v Danilo Petrović match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Marco Cecchinato v Danilo Petrović Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the two players, with no prior matchups ever.
Cecchinato a Probable Favorite for the Title
Cecchinato will be hoping to make it to his fourth ATP Career final when he steps onto the court on Saturday. He entered the tournament as a wild card, largely due to his drastic form that saw him slip from 16th to 103rd in the span of a year and a few months.
His performances in this tournament have, however, shown glimpses of the three-time ATP winner that he truly is.
In his latest match, he came back from losing a tough first set and completely dominated the next two, giving up only two games in the course of his magnificent display. Additionally, this win was over a seeded player, the second that he’s managed to overcome within the tournament.
The first seed that he defeated was a young Tommy Paul in the second round, where he controlled his nerves in an initially nervy affair to win the tie in straight sets.
He also seems to relish such tight contests. His first round match was a nervy one as well that saw him emerge victorious in a 33-game total against Gianluca Mager.
And the nerves will probably be stronger in the semifinal than at any prior point, so he can bank on his experience to aid him when his nerves seem to get the better of him.
Cecchinati also not only has the experience to dominate the tie against a tournament lucky loser, but an additionally good grasp of clay that has seen him achieve a 311-162 career record and a 21-10 record for the year on the surface—which translates to a 66% success rate—should help him see the tie through.
At this point he’s just a wild card in name but a title favorite in reality.
Petrović May Need More Than Just Luck
Petrović seems to have taken the lucky loser label for the tournament to heart. After he was knocked out in the second qualifying round, he was still later invited to the tournament as a lucky loser. Still, he had no business making it past the first round, but here’s where the ‘luck’ kicked in.
Fabio Fognini, Petrovic’s first-round opponent, sadly contracted Covid-19, meaning that the Serb, ranked 166th in the world, would be the direct beneficiary of that diagnosis.
His second-round opponent, Roberto Carballes Baena, greatly outranked him, but Petrovic showed that in addition to his luck, he could also match any player on the court.
Petrovic went on to shock Baena in straight sets and followed that stunning win with another straight sets shocker against Federico Delbonis which earned him his first-ever ATP semifinal.
Now, though, coming up against a remarkably experienced player who greatly relishes a clash on clay, it’s hard seeing him navigating a way past Cecchinato. Still, he has the lucky tag on his side that could squeeze some desired luck his way, which is what he may need in abundance if he wants to get something out of this semifinal.
Cecchinato v Petrović Prediction and Tip
Expect Petrovic’s dream run to come to an end. Cecchinato has the skill and experience that should help him see out his opponent with some ease in straight sets.
Tip: Cecchinato to win in straight sets: 8/11 (bet365)