Brazilians Thiago Monteiro and Joao Menezes will face off in the second round of the 2021 ATP Cordoba Open on Tuesday, February 23, with the match likely to begin at around 8.30 pm local time. Get the live streaming options of this Thiago Monteiro v Joao Menezes match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Thiago Monteiro v Joao Menezes Head to Head
This will be the first ever meeting between the 74th-ranked Monteiro and the 199th-ranked Menezes.
Monteiro at Career-Best Ranking
After dishing out a solid performance at the Great Ocean Road Open, the competition played as a tune-up to the Australian Open, Monteiro has climbed up to 74th in the rankings, his best ever. He reached the semifinal in that tournament, which for a clay court specialist like him is a marked improvement.
Contextually that was the best start that Monteiro has ever had to the season given his winning streaks would typically begin only once the clay court swing started.
With that kind of confidence under his belt, Monteiro will now hope to build on the same on his favourite surface. And after he was sent packing in the first round of the Cordoba Open last year, this will not be an opportunity for the Brazilian to turn things around here but also one to gain further in ranking points.
Can he break through the top 60 after this tournament?
Menezes Makes it Through as Lucky Loser
This will be the first main draw match Menezes plays at the ATP level this season. And it comes after he lost in the final round of the qualifiers but still came through as the only lucky loser in the competition.
This follows on from his failure to qualify for the Australian Open, and three back to back opening round defeats at the Antalya (X2) and Concepcion Challenger competitions he featured in. The only time he actually won a match was on the indoor hard courts of the Istanbul Challenger, also as a qualifier but was the ousted in the second.
Menezes had similar form struggles last season as well, but it must be quickly added here he was making a switch from the Futures circuit to attempting at becoming a regular on the Challenger circuit.
The 24-year-old has never seen the inside of the top 170 on the ATP rankings and by the looks of things, he will need to wait a little more given his opponent comes into this with some good form.
Monteiro v Menezes Prediction and Tip
This could end up being one-way traffic right from the word go and we are expecting Monteiro to win this in straight sets.
Tip: Monteiro to win in straight sets: 5/6 (bet365)