World number 57 Laslo Djere will be up against 142nd-ranked Federico Gaio of Italy in the first round of the 2021 Sardegna Open on Monday, April 5. Get the live streaming options of this Laslo Djere v Federico Gaio match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Laslo Djere v Federico Gaio Head to Head
Their only previous two meetings have come at the Challenger level and Djere has won both in straight sets. The more recent of those matches came at the Cordenons Challenger in 2017 on clay.
Djere Winner at the Sardinia Open Last Year
The venue for this year’s tournament has changed but Djere does enter this competition on the back of a title win, the second of his career, at the Sardinia Open in 2020. And while he hasn’t quite been able to replicate his form this season, the signs of a turnaround have been there.
After losing three successive matches at the first round stage, Djere has now won at least at the opening round at all the remaining four tournaments he participated in including back to back quarterfinals on the clay courts of Buenos Aires and Santiago.
At the Buenos Aires Open in particular, Djere defeated Marco Cecchinato and Federico Delbonis before he went out fighting to Miomir Kecmanovic. And that’s the kind of form he would love to continue.
Speaking of what Djere would like to continue, it’s what he did on clay in 2020. As a qualifier, the Serb made it to the semifinal in Kitzbuhel, which included wins over Jannik Sinner and Diego Schwartzman and then went on to clinch the title at the Sardinia Open too.
Gaio Hoping to Step up from the Challengers
The 29-year-old Gaio has never been ranked better than 124th on the ATP charts and in more recent times, he has rarely won a main draw match at the highest level. In fact, Gaio has featured at the Challengers and Futures events at most times, and won just a couple of ATP main draw encounters in his entire career.
This year, Gaio’s best performance has come at the Biella 2 Challenger, an indoor hard court event where he made it to the semifinal. It was a showing sandwiched between two quarterfinal appearances on the Challenger tour.
What’s interesting to note is Gaio’s record on clay over the years has been a lot better than other surfaces but he has barely played any this season – just three matches with a 1-2 record. Can he quickly get into the scheme of things on his favourite surface against a player who was once ranked 27th in the world?
Djere v Gaio Prediction and Tip
It’s bit of a surprise Djere isn’t a stronger favourite than 2/5 against a player who has barely won any main draw matches at the highest level and one who has never been ranked in the top 125. Backing the Serb to go through in this one.
Tip: Djere to win: 2/5 (bet365)