World number 10 and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman takes on the Canadian and 21st-ranked Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round of the 2021 Italian Open on Tuesday, May 11. Get the live streaming options of this Diego Schwartzman v Felix Auger-Aliassime match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Diego Schwartzman v Felix Auger-Aliassime Head to Head
Their only previous meeting came at the Cologne Open of 2020 where Schwartzman managed to get past Auger-Aliassime in three sets to reach the final. The Argentine finished runnerup at that tournament.
Schwartzman Needs a Turnaround
Things weren’t looking that bad for Schwartzman when he won the Buenos Aires Open to seal his fourth ATP title and the first of the year. Having reached the French Open semifinal and the final of the Rome Masters last year, and with the clay swing looming, he would have expected to march in with bit of a chip on his shoulder.
That’s not how things have turned out for the Argentine though.
He did register a couple of wins at the Barcelona Open, defeating Frances Tiafoe and Corentin Moutet in successive matches but a shock loss in the quarterfinals at the hands of Pablo Carreno-Busta would have been pushed him back.
Making things worse was when Schwartzman was drawn to play Aslan Karatsev in his opener at Madrid Masters and the difference in the confidence levels of the two players showed up. The Argentine blew up a one-set lead and lost his second successive match on clay.
And as luck would have it, he will be facing a tricky opener yet again and with very little confidence under his belt, Schwartzman could well find himself struggling again.
Auger-Aliassime Finally Wins One in Rome
It took Auger-Aliassime three sets and 13 minutes short of three hours to complete his first ever victory at Rome Masters. He came through 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4 against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic to seal his second round place where he will take on a struggling opponent.
At one stage it looked like Auger-Aliassime was himself struggling as he dropped his serve and trailed his opponent 2-0 in the first. A comeback break in the fourth game was followed by another in the eighth game before the Canadian served out the first set.
And things looked to be headed in his direction when he broke in the first game of the second and then retained control of his own serve. Serving for the match in the 10th game, however, Auger-Aliassime was broken and when the Canadian missed three break-point chances in the very next game and then lost the tie-breaker, it seemed like the momentum had shifted.
The two players exchanged early breaks, before Auger-Aliassime missed out on a chance to serve out for the match at 5-3. However, Krajinovic then failed in his endeavour to stay in the match to award his opponent the match.
Schwartzman v Auger-Aliassime Prediction and Tip
While Schwartzman’s form is bit of a question-mark, we will back him against a player whose clay court record isn’t the greatest.