Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia, the world 47 and number 8 seed, will face Arthur Rinderknech of France, the world 128, in the second round of the Serbian Open on Wednesday, April 21. Get the live streaming options of this Miomir Kecmanovic v Arthur Rinderknech match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Miomir Kecmanovic v Arthur Rinderknech
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the Serb and the Frenchman.
Kecmanovic Looking for some Home Form
Kecmanovic is back on home soil and looking for some form that will hope him move up the rankings where he has become becalmed over the past two years.
Prior to this tournament, the best he has managed this year has been a third round appearance in Buenos Aires, and he was defeated at the first time of asking last week by Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo.
However, he got his campaign up and running in Belgrade, with a hard fought straight sets win over the qualifier Facundo Bagnis of Argentina.
The first set was dominated by serve, and the two men could only be separated by a tie-break which Kecmanovic finally won. The second set ended up in the same place but via a completely different route, with both men dropping their serve three times each.
The outcome of the tie-break was the same though – Kecmanovic won it and, in the process, the match.
Rinderknech, French Qualifier Flourishing in Serbia
The 29-year old Frenchman has made great strides up the rankings in recent years, and, at the current rate of progress, will have hopes of breaking into the top 100 by the end of this year.
He spends the majority of his time on the Challenger circuit, but has already had some success in a main ATP event this year, when he qualified for the tournament in home soil in Marseille, and then got as far as the third round before losing to compatriot Ugo Humbert in a third set tie-break.
He had to come through two rounds of qualifying just to make the first round in Belgrade, but having earned his opportunity, took full advantage of it by beating the Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero, the world 97.
Rinderknech sailed through the first set, breaking Londero twice, whilst remaining rock solid on his own serve.
The second set saw Londero put up stiffer resistance, and the games and points were more keenly contested. The Frenchman broke Londero, but the Argentine recovered that, before Rinderknech broke once more. This time he served out to clinch the win.
Kecmanovic v Rinderknech Prediction and Tip
Kecmanovic will start the favourite on home soil against the French qualifier, who is relatively inexperienced at this level.
Tip: Kecmanovic to win: 4/9 (bet365)