The 44th-ranked John Millman will take on Serbian and world number 57 Laslo Djere in the second round of the 2021 Sardegna Open on Thursday, April 8. Get the live streaming options of this Laslo Djere v John Millman match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Laslo Djere v John Millman Head to Head
Their only previous match before this came at the 2019 Wimbledon where Millman registered a crushing, straight set win over Djere to move into the third round.
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Djere Continues to Do Well on Clay
The 57th-ranked Djere’s two ATP titles have both come on clay and he kick-started this campaign in this tournament by living up to the favourites odds. He overcame Federico Gaio in straight sets to set up this second meeting with Millman.
Needing an hour and 37 minutes, Djere got 60% of his first serves in and won 85% of those points, even as his opponent faced a whopping 23 break-points in the entire match. That Djere needed those many break-points to break just four times in the entire contest would be something to think about for the Serb.
That said, his own serve rarely faced too many issues with Gaio breaking him just once in the encounter.
Djere comes into this tournament having made it to the quarterfinals at the Buenos Aires, and the Santiago Open and he would like to make it to three quarterfinals in a row with a win here. Up against him is a struggling Aussie…
Struggling Millman Shocks Coria
Other than defeating Michail Pervolarakis, a 466th-ranked player in the world at the ATP Cup earlier this year, Millman has had a shocking year. He had played six other matches this season and lost all of them, with only one of them coming against a player who had actually gone into the match as a favourite.
All the matches Millman played before this tournament were on hard court surfaces, his favourite, which made his results even more difficult to understand.
Which is also why, Millman had gone into his opening round match against Federico Coria as a second favourite by some distance; bookmakers offering 6/4 for his win. And Millman came through in three sets against his Argentine opponent, also a clay-court specialist, in more than three hours of action.
Millman was a set and a break up in the second, then dropped his serve twice to lose the set before going down 2-0 in the third set. It was from there on that the Aussie changed gears, broke back and did that again to clinch the match.
Djere v Millman Prediction and Tip
While Millman did well to get past Coria, his form remains dodgy and his issues with clay haven’t vanished overnight. That gives Djere a chance to not just win this but to do that in straight sets.
Tip: Djere to win in straight sets: 8/11 (bet365)