World number 25 Alex De Minaur will be up against Spaniard and 88th-ranked Jaume Munar in the first round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Sunday, May 2. Get the live streaming options of this Alex De Minaur v Jaume Munar match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alex De Minaur v Jaume Munar Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between these two players at the highest level. However, there have been three matches held at other levels – the Futures, Challengers and the Next-Gen competition.
Munar leads 2-0 on the Challenger and Futures tour, while De Minaur had won the Next Gen Finals encounter.
De Minaur Struggling to Notch up Wins
Since making it to the third round of Australian Open, De Minaur has struggled to get going across all surfaces. In fact, he has lost five of the seven matches he has played including two of three on clay.
His form dip began in the second round at Rotterdam where De Minaur went out to Kei Nishikori, before losing to Jeremy Chardy and Daniel Elahi Galan in the openers at Dubai and Miami.
What that meant was that for someone who has had his issues on clay through his career anyway – the Aussie is 3-13 on win-loss on red dirt – he entered the clay court swing on the back of some puzzling form.
And surely enough, De Minaur lost to both, Alejandro Fokina and Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets.
Can he turn things around against a player ranked more than 60 places behind him but a clay-court specialist?
Munar 7-5 on Clay This Year
Overall, across the different circuits, Munar has played 33 matches on clay this season – and none on other surfaces – but his record in main draws of ATP clay court tournaments is 7-5.
And that, by itself is an indicator of the edge he would hold coming into this match against a player who has struggled on clay.
More recently though, Munar lost in the first round in Estoril, having qualified for the event with a couple of qualifying victories. It was a surprise loss that came at the hands of Jeremy Chardy and especially more so given how Munar had made it all the way through to the Marbella Open only a couple of weeks earlier.
Earlier, the former Next Gen player Munar was a losing finalist in the Challenger competition played in Marbella and won one in Antalya.
De Minaur v Munar Prediction and Tip
Munar is a favourite here for the kind of record he has on clay but we expect this to be a closer battle than the odds indicate with a third set expected.