World No. 94 and former French Open semifinalist Marco Cecchinato will be up against rising South African Lloyd Harris, ranked 53, in the first round of the 2021 Estoril Open on Monday, April 26. Get the live streaming options of this Marco Cecchinato v Lloyd Harris match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Marco Cecchinato v Lloyd Harris Head to Head
The only previous encounter between Cecchinato and Harris took place in the first round of the US Open last year and it was the South African, who won that match quite comfortably in straight sets.
Cecchinato Finds Form in Monte Carlo
After struggling to find any sort of momentum or form throughout the first quarter of 2021, Cecchinato finally found some rhythm in Monte Carlo, where he progressed through to the second round after winning his two qualifying contests and his first round match against the German Dominik Koepfer.
The Italian has shown his prowess on the red dirt in the past as he had made it through to the semifinals of the French Open, back in 2018.
Surely, his run in Monte Carlo would have boosted his confidence and he would be extremely eager to make a deep run in the competition in Estoril.
Cecchinato, who is a defensive baseliner, loves to wear down his opponents with his relentless game from the back court.
In fact, the former World No. 16 has the ability to tire his adversaries by playing a percentage game, employing a strategy, where he would look to make less mistakes as possible.
Harris to Play His First Match on Clay
Meanwhile, Cecchinato’s rival in the opening round is the promising Lloyd Harris of South Africa, who is yet to play his first match on clay in 2021.
Harris’ career is certainly on the rise. After all, he broke new ground, when he registered his first Masters win in Miami, managing to come through against Emilio Nava of Spain in his opener in Florida.
Moreover, who could forget Harris’ sensational run in Dubai earlier this year? Indeed, it was a great run as he beat the likes of reigning US Open champion Dominic Thiem, Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic, former top-10 player Kei Nishikori and the supremely talented Canadian Denis Shapovalov in successive matches before he lost to Aslan Karatsev in the final.
But, can he repeat that sort of performance on a clay court and that too for an extended period of a week, remains to be seen.
Cecchinato v Harris Prediction and Tip
Harris starts off as the favourite to win this match and he should win this in straight sets, considering his opponent has struggled to get going in recent times.
Tip: Harris to win: 7/4 (bet365)