Fourth seed Alex de Minaur will begin his 2021 Antalya Open campaign with an opening round encounter against Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri on Thursday, January 7. Get the live streaming options of this Alex de Minaur v Malek Jaziri match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alex de Minaur v Malek Jaziri Head to Head
This will be the first time when the 21-year-old Aussie will face the 36-year-old Jaziri.
De Minaur, an Aussie Rising Star Looking to Push Deeper
From World No. 208 in 2018 to 23 at the end of 2020, it’s been a phenomenal three years for 21-year-old Aussie sensation, Alex de Minaur.
Apart from three ATP titles that De Minaur collected in 2019 and two runners-up finishes at the Next Gen ATP Finals tournament in 2018 and 2019, one of his biggest achievements was a run to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open in 2020. It was his maiden appearance in the last eight of a Grand Slam and in the process he became the youngest Australian to reach the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002. His run in New York however ended with a straight sets defeat to eventual champion Dominic Thiem.
Known for his exceptional speed and agility, De Minaur also reached the final in Antwerp last year, but finished runner-up after a straight sets loss to Ugo Humbert.
The right-handed Aussie, who won the Cincinnati doubles title with Pablo Carreno Busta last year, finished 2020 with a 13-10 singles record. He will be one of the stars to watch out for in 2021 and faces an easy contest to begin the year.
Tunisian Jaziri Will Look for an Upset
Ranked 249th in the world, Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri won’t be the favorite against de Minaur, but the 36-year-old right-hander would like to draw inspiration from his past performances in Turkey to cause an early upset in the tournament.
Jaziri’s only appearance in an ATP final came in Istanbul in 2018, when he finished runner-up to Japan’s Taro Daniel. But that was a clay court event. Jaziri, however, has won three other lower tier titles on hard courts in Turkey.
The Tunisian, who achieved his best-ever ranking of 42 in 2019, has won 17 Futures and Challenger titles and finished runner-up 18 times. He ended 2020 with a 2-2 singles record on the tour.
De Minaur v Jaziri Prediction and Tip
While early season rustiness is always a concern, it looks like it should be a straightforward win for de Minaur. Expect him to ease into the next round with a straight sets win.
Tip: De Minaur to win in straight sets: 5/6 (bet365)