Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, the world 59, will play the Italian qualifier, Thomas Fabbiano , ranked 178, in the opening round of the 2021 Miami Open on Thursday, March 25. The exact match time is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Aljaz Bedene v Thomas Fabbiano match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Aljaz Bedene v Thomas Fabbiano Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before.
Bedene Has a Poor Recent Record in Miami
Bedene matched his best ever result in a Masters’ event when he got to the third round in Miami in 2014, but his recent record in Florida is poor, and he has lost at the first time of asking in his three previous visits.
The Slovenian – who was a naturalised Brit for three years before failing to secure eligibility to play for them in the Davis Cup – has been in four ATP finals, but lost them all, most recently in Moselle, France, 18 months ago.
2021 has seen Bedene enjoy mixed results. He got to the third round of the Great Ocean Road warm-up event in Melbourne, but, in the first round of the Australian Open itself, he was beaten in four sets by Alexander Bublik.
He got to the second round in Montpellier, beating Jannik Sinner in the process, and last week progressed to the third round in Dubai, succumbing in the end to Kei Nishikori in straight sets.
Qualifier Fabbiano Looking to Rediscover Past Form
Fabbiano was once ranked as high as 70 in the world in 2017, the same year that he reached the third round at the US Open, a feat he emulated at Wimbledon a year later.
On his day he can be a dangerous player, and has wins over both Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem to his name , but did not play in 2020 after lockdown, and his world ranking suffered as a result.
Fabbiano alternates between the Challenger tour and trying to qualify for the main draws of senior ATP events; he failed to make it through to the Australian Open, and the tournaments in Doha and Dubai this year.
However, he has enjoyed better fortune in Miami, and beat both Roberto Quiroz of Ecuador, and then Jenson Brooksby of the USA, to set-up his encounter with Bedene.
Bedene v Fabbiano Prediction and Tip
Bedene will start the clear favourite to win this match against an opponent ranked 119 places below him in the world.
Tip: Bedene to win: 4/9 (bet365)