World number 21 Felix Auger-Aliassime has a tough match in the offing when he plays Argentine Federico Delbonis in the third round of the 2021 Italian Open on Thursday, May 13. Get the live streaming options of this Felix Auger-Aliassime v Federico Delbonis match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Felix Auger-Aliassime v Federico Delbonis Head to Head
No previous match has been played between Auger-Aliassime and Delbonis.
Auger-Aliassime Showing Solid Form Here
While Auger-Aliassime started out as a favourite in his first round match against Filip Krajinovic, he needed to get past Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the second round, a top-10 player who has had most of his successes on clay.
And Auger-Aliassime did that in fine style, carving out a 6-1, 6-3 victory to move into the third round for the first time in Rome. The match lasted only 61 minutes with Auger-Aliassime breaking his opponent five times in the match, while facing just one break-point.
The Canadian broke his opponent early in the first set and then consolidated that with another one in the sixth game before serving it out. In the second, Auger-Aliassime was up 2-1 after getting himself a break only to drop serve the very next game.
That didn’t deter the Barcelona Open quarterfinalist as he broke again to take a 4-2 lead and as Schwartzman served to stay in the match, carved out the game to love to finish off the encounter.
Auger-Aliassime’s consistency on clay has always been a concern, having lost in the first round at the Madrid Masters and the Monte-Carlo Masters as well, but with back to back wins here, he would feel slightly more confident coming into this one.
Delbonis Stunner for Goffin
It’s one thing that Delnnis defeated David Goffin in his second round encounter but quite another to have dropped three games in what can best be described as a drubbing.
He won 6-2, 6-1 in a masterful performance against his Belgian opponent who looked lost for most part of the one hour and eight minutes the match was ona
Delbonis had earlier needed two wins in the qualifiers, including one against Frances Tiafoe to qualify for the main draw but since then it has been plain sailing. Eve against Karen Khachnov in the first round, Delbonis required three sets but once he had gotten going, the Argentine bagelled her opponent in the third.
Can he continue this progress by overcoming Aoger-Aliassime in the third?
Auger-Aliassime v Delbonis Prediction and Tip
FAA starts off a favourite here at 8/11 but don’t discount Delbonis’ form and we area almsot tempted to back the Argentine.