World number 24 Alex De Minaur of Australia will be up against the Italian and 90th-ranked Gianluca Mager in the first round of the 2021 Italian Open on Monday, May 10. Get the live streaming options of this Alex De Minaur v Gianluca Mager match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alex De Minaur v Gianluca Mager Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between De Minaur and Mager in a competitive encounter before this.
De Minaur Attempting to Improve on Clay
While De Minaur began his clay swing this season with a first round defeat in Monte-Carlo, he has slowly grown on it, and done better as the competitions have gone on.
In Barcelona, the Aussie managed a win over Alexander Bublik in the first round and while one might argue even Bublik isn’t quite a clay court specialist, the Kazakh did made it as far as the quarterfinals in Madrid last week.
That was followed by De Minaur defeating clay-courter Jaume Munar in the first round in Madrid and then carving out a straight-set victory over Lloyd Harris in the second. He takes on a player who has done well on clay all his career but one who has never been ranked better than 77th in the world before this.
Can De Minaur better his previous showings at Madrid, having never gotten past the first round here?
Wild-Card Mager Made Belgrade Quarterfinal
Since making it to the quarterfinal at the Delray Beach Open, Mager played just two more matches outside of clay. Both came in Australia and resulted in losses for Mager who then began his South American swing on clay.
Since then, he has featured in 22 clay court matches spread across Challengers and qualifiers of ATP competitions and won 14 of them. Mager’s best performance came at the Marbella Challenger where he won the title with a win over Munar in the final and followed it up with a second round appearance in the ATP 250 tournament held in the same city.
Moving to Belgrade, Mager entered the main draw as a qualifier before stunning Laslo Djere and Alexei Popyrin to reach the last eight.
Mager has also stunned Dominic Thiem once before this, on clay, and all of it makes him a dangerous floater on this surface, especially against one like De Minaur who has had his struggles on clay.
De Minaur v Mager Prediction and Tip
While De Minaur starts a favourite at 8/15 we think Mager has a chance here and could win a set or more.