Federico Delbonis of Argentina, the world number 74, will face Taro Daniel of Japan, ranked 126, in the quarter-final of the 2021 Serbia Open on Friday, April 23. Get the live streaming options of this Federico Delbonis v Taro Daniel match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Federico Delbonis v Taro Daniel Head to Head
The pair have met once before, in a tournament on clay in Chile in 2014, Daniel winning on a third set tie-break.
Delbonis Upsets Seed and Local Man
Delbonis is into his second quarter-final of the year, having reached the semi-finals in Santiago last month. And he’s got there the hard way, after first beating the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in the opening round.
That earned him a match with the number four seed and world 37, local man Dasun Lajovic.
Delbonis began well, breaking the Serb in his first service game and then saving two break points on his own serve.
When Lajovic was finally able to beak him, Delbonis broke back straight away, and served out for the set.
However, the momentum begam to swing the other way in the second set as the Argentine serve began to come under sustained pressure. He dropped his serve three times to one from Lajovic, and the match went to a third set.
Two early breaks of serve gave the Argentine control and Lajovic grabbed one back, immediately Delbonis broke him again.
The match was decided after a marathon tenth game in which Delbonis had six match points saved, before finally converting the seventh.
Japanese Qualifier Daniel Prospering in Belgrade
The American-born Daniel enjoyed a fair degree of success on clay during his time on the junior circuits, winning seven titles on the surface and reaching nine other finals.
Still his run to the quarter-final in Belgrade has been unexpected, especially as he had first to come thorough two rounds of qualifying first just to earn his place in the main draw.
But, having got there, he took advantage of the opportunity he had afforded himself by beating João Sousa of Portugal in straights eats.
His reward for doing so was a second round tie on Thursday with the battle-hardened Australian John Millman. The world 43 was in control of the first set, which he took after forcing a single break of serve.
But Daniel hit back by breaking the Australian early in the second set, and then reinforced his position by breaking again to level the match.
Daniel then forced what proved to be a decisive break early in the third set. He controlled the match from there, not giving Millman any break back opportunities, earning his quarter-final berth.
Delbonis v Daniel Prediction and Tip
Although Daniel won their only previous match, that was a long time ago and no recent guide to form. Delbonis is the higher ranked player for a reason and should progress past the Japanese qualifier.
Tip: Delbonis to win: 4/9 (bet365)