Italian wilcard Marco Cecchinato will play Serbia’s Laslo Djere in the final of the 2020 Sardinia Open on Sunday, October 18. The match will be scheduled soon. Get the live streaming options of this Marco Cecchinato v Laslo Djere match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Marco Cecchinato v Laslo Djere Head to Head
Cecchinato leads the series 2-0, with both of those matches taking place on clay. The Italian won their first meeting at the Milan Challenger in 2016 and beat the Serbian in the quarterfinals in Umag in 2018 en route to his second career title.
Can Cecchinato Return to The Winner’s Circle?
Ever since Marco Cecchinato produced that eye-catching run to the semifinals of the 2018 French Open, his barren sequence of results thereafter almost defies logic.
There was of course a third career title in the Golden Swing last year in Bueno Aires, but in the midst of all that, the Italian went into wilderness for pretty much the whole of last season.
However, Cecchinato’s week back on home soil portends to a return to his glory days of two years ago. The swashbuckling style of attacking tennis that he possesses is extremely effective when his game is on and firing on all cylinders.
And in Sardinia – an Italian island over 200 miles west off Sicily – from where Cecchinato hails, the 28-year-old is slowly repaying the tournament organizers’ for granting him a wildcard entrant.
It is somewhat ironic that Cecchinato’s toughest hurdle of the week came in his opening round against compatriot Gianluca Mager, where he saved a match point in the second set. He was briefly tested by Tommy Paul and Albert Ramos Vinolas in the later rounds, but never looked in danger.
One aspect of Cecchinato’s improved run of results has been his first serve (averaging over 70%). The Italian has been chipping away with free points behind his booming first delivery. Only Ramos Vinolas managed to break him more than two times this week, and against Danilo Petrovic in the semifinals he did not face a single break point in the contest, completing a 6-1 6-0 rout in next to no time.
Djere Reaches Second ATP Tour Final
Laslo Djere will make his second appearance in an ATP tour final after besting the precociously talented Lorenzo Musetti in the last four albeit via a retirement. Djere was caught in awe at Musetti’s pure ball striking in the first set, before the young Italian’s level dipped in the next two sets.
Djere raced into a 4-0 lead in the second set, winning 11 out of 13 points behind his first serve. His controlled aggression caused serious discomfort in Musetti’s gameplan, and after playing too much tennis since lockdown, the 18-year-old’s body broke down.
Musetti was clearly ailing and in pain from a right elbow injury despite his best efforts to continue with play. Djere who has only dropped one set this week, will now contest his second ATP tour final.
Over 18 months ago, the name Laslo Djere would not have been on the radar of a tennis watcher. But the Serbian 25 year old is an embodiment of grit and determination.
Being dab hand on clay, he streaked to win his first and thus far only ATP tour title on the clay courts of Rio in February last year, ousting Dominic Thiem en route to the final.
He gave a poignant speech after beating Felix Auger-Aliassime in the championship match, drawing glowing heartfelt tributes from the global tennis fraternity. Sometimes the road to success is rocky and fraught with obstacles, something Djere is now very much used to.
Cecchinato v Djere Prediction and Tip
The head-to-head between these two ought not to be ignored. Both players regard clay as their best surface, and Cecchinato has had the upper hand in the pair’s two meetings, winning handsomely. That, coupled with the Italian’s ability to generate consistent depth with his topspin backhand will extract too many errors from Djere’s baseline play. Cecchinato is finely poised to end his season of nightmare and clinch his fourth ATP title.
Tip: Cecchinato to win: 4/7 (bet365)