Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis will face compatriot Francisco Cerundolo in the first round of the 2021 Andalucia Open on Tuesday, April 6. Get the live streaming options of this Facundo Bagnis v Francisco Cerundolo match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Facundo Bagnis v Francisco Cerundolo Head to Head
This will be the first Tour meeting between World No. 106 Bagnis and World No. 115 Cerundolo. They met at a Challenger quarterfinal in Brazil last year, with Cerundolo winning in straight sets.
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Bagnis Looking To Carry South American Clay form
Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis comes into the European clay season with a 7-3 record this year. The 31-year-old was very impressive on the clay courts of South America, reaching his first ATP final at the Chile Open and also the semifinal of the Cordoba Open as a a qualifier.
The left-hander, who entered the main draw of the Cordoba Open by winning all three of his qualifiers, defeated fellow Argentinians Nicolas Kicker and Federico Delbonis to reach the quarterfinals, where he scored a third straight sets main draw win in a row against Slovakia’s Jozef Kovalik. His run ended with a three-set defeat to Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the semifinals.
The defeat was followed by a first round exit in Buenos Aires, where Bagnis was outplayed by Frances Tiafoe.
The Argentine, however, rebounded quickly, reaching the final in Santiago by beating quality, higher-ranked opponents.
Beginning the tournament with a come-from-behind victory over Italy’s Marco Cecchinato, Bagnis got his revenge against Tiafoe in the next round.
In the quarterfinal, the Argentine had to rally from a set down once again, this time to beat World no. 57 Laslo Djere of Serbia; while in the semifinals he needed just two sets to dispatch Delbonis. His stunning run however didn’t lead him to a first title as he went down fighting to home boy Christian Garin in a three-set final.
Bagnis, who barely plays outside of clay, has reached 30 Challenger and Futures finals, all of them on clay, winning 18 of them. Overall, he is 25-39 on clay courts at the top level.
Can Cerundolo Produce a Buenos-Aires-like Performance?
Facing Bagnis in the first round will be fellow Argentine Francisco Cerundolo, who is 5-3 this season following his surprise run to the final of the Argentina Open last month.
A week after his younger brother, Juan Manuel Cerundolo’s stunning run to the Cordoba Open title on ATP main draw debut, Francisco was on verge of another title for the Cerundolo family, but he faltered at the final hurdle, losing to Diego Schwartzman in straight sets.
The 22-year-old right-hander, who registered his first win on the tour against Italy’s Gianluca Mager in the first round of the Cordoba Open, reached the main draw of the Argentina Open by winning three qualifying rounds, two of which needed him to bounce back after he lost the first set.
In the first round of the tournament, Cerundolo defeated Federico Coria in straight sets to avenge his Cordoba Open defeat (Coria had knocked out Cerundolo in the second round in Cordoba).
Having safely gone past his first round opponent, Cerundolo had to play three tough three-setters to move to his first final.
First he had to fightback from a set down against France’s Benoit Paire in the Round of 16; then he had to stage a comeback against Spain’s Pablo Andujar in the quarterfinal, before having to hold off a rebounding Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the semifinal.
Following his runner-up finish in Buenos Aires, Cerundolo was knocked out of the first round of the Chile Open by Slovakia’s Andrej Martin.
The Argentine has won 11 of 14 finals at the Challenger and Futures level, 10 of them on clay.
Facundo Bagnis v Francisco Cerundolo Prediction and Tip
Expect this to be a very close contest. Both were very impressive in March and both will look to carry that form to Europe. Expect this match to go the distance.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)