Felix Auger-Aliassime will attempt to win his first match in Rome when he faces Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic in the first round of the 2021 Italian Open on Sunday, May 9. Get the live streaming options of this Felix Auger-Aliassime v Filip Krajinovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Felix Auger-Aliassime v Filip Krajinovic Head to Head
Krajinovic leads the head-to-head 2-1, winning in Rotterdam and most recently at the stage of the Italian Open last season.
Auger-Aliassime’s sole win came at the Sevilla Challenger in 2017.
Auger-Aliassime Beaten in Madrid Opener
It is still part of the learning process for Auger-Aliassime’s development. Having joined forces with Toni Nadal, as he aims to scale the final hurdles, the young Canadian is seeking a deep run at tennis’ most prestigious events.
The pair’s partnership fuelled anticipation. But the 20-year-old is now 2-3 on the European clay, his latest defeat coming in Madrid. He was beaten in straight sets by Norway’s Casper Ruud.
Overall, Auger-Aliassime is in a desperate search of top form. His most productive part of the season came Down Under where he reached the final of the Murray River Open, and subsequently made the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the second time at the Australian Open.
It will be a familiar rigmarole for the youngster when he faces Filip Krajinovic for the second time in the first round of the Italian Open, having lost to the Serbian last fall in the event.
Krajinovic Lost to Djokovic in Rome in 2020
Filip Krajinovic’s only previous visit at the Italian Open came in a pandemic-hit 2020, where he reached the third round before falling to eventual winner Novak Djokovic.
Having re-entered the world’s top 30 towards the end of last season, Krajinovic quickly dropped out due to his inability to defend a substantial chunk of points garnered during the indoor hard court season in 2020.
Krajinovic has a modest 8-7 record for the current campaign, with over half his wins coming on clay. Inconsistency has been his biggest downfall, despite reaching back-to-back quarterfinals in Belgrade and Munich respectively.
Last week, at the Madrid Masters, the Serbian World No. 36 was beaten relatively easily by Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round. Krajinovic was surprisingly second-best against the Japanese, failing to break serve during the entire match, and winning just eight points behind the return.
Auger-Aliassime v Krajinovic Prediction and Tip
All three previous meetings between the pair have hit the over 21.5 games market, including last season’s meeting at the stage. This seems the most obvious pick between two astute baseliners.