36th-ranked Adrian Mannarino will face Serbian and world number 46 Miomir Kecmanovic in the second round of the 2021 Miami Open on Saturday, March 27. The match is yet to be scheduled. Get the live streaming options of this Adrian Mannarino v Miomir Kecmanovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Adrian Mannarino v Miomir Kecmanovic Head to Head
These players have met twice, both of which came in recent times. The first match was held in Cologne, in the second of two tournaments played there last year and Mannarino was a 6-3, 6-3 winner in that encounter.
More recently, at the Australian Open, Mannarino ran past Kecmanovic in straight sets yet again to make it to the third round, therefore making it 2-0 on head to head.
Mannarino Struggling to Replicate Season End Form
Three matches played, three matches lost. That is Mannarino’s record coming into this tournament in Miami, and that cannot be good news for the Frenchman who had earlier looked like he was getting himself some momentum.
A first round exit at the Delray Beach Open to kick-start the season was followed by a second round entry at the Murray River Open. Most importantly he made it as far as the third round at the Australian Open, exhibiting signs he was back to the kind of form that had been on display towards the latter of the previous season.
Unfortunately for him, things haven’t gone as well for him since. Mannarino fell in the second round of the Singapore Open and followed it up with back to back opening round exits on the indoors court of Rotterdam and the outdoor hardcourt in Acapulco.
Which is why, while he is a higher-ranked player, has a better record against his opponent and a seed here, Mannarino could find it difficult to get a move on.
Kecmanovic Wins in Three against Broady
It turned out to be bit of an anti-climatic finish in the end but Kecmanovic wouldn’t mind that after two hard-fought sets to kick-start the competition against British player Liam Broady.
Kecmanovic, entering the tournament with a 6-6 win-loss record this season, fell 1-4 behind in the first set but broke back twice to take a 5-4 lead and serve for the set. He failed to do so after having a set-point, then broke his opponent yet again before converting his second set-point to take a 1-0 lead.
In the second set, it was Kecmanovic’s turn to get the early break but serving at 3-2, he gave away the game to the second break-point. In what turned out to be a slightly cagier rest of the second set, it went into a tie-breaker where Broady first led 3-0, only for Kecmanovic to level it at 3-3, but then raced off to make it 6-4 and convert the second set-point.
The third set began on that same cagey note for the first three games, but it was followed by Kecmanovic breaking his opponent twice and finishing it off 6-1.
It now remains to be seen if he can take advantage of his superior, yet out of form opponent.
Mannarino v Kecmanovic Prediction and Tip
Interestingly, it’s Kecmanovic who starts off a 4/5 favourite as compared to Mannarino’s 1/1. We think it could be a keenly-fought encounter that goes into a third set.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)