World number 76 Stefano Travaglia will take on fellow Italian and 104th-ranked qualifier Marco Cecchinato in the first round of the 2021 Geneva Open on Tuesday, May 18. Get the live streaming options of this Stefano Travaglia v Marco Cecchinato match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Stefano Travaglia v Marco Cecchinato Head to Head
No previous matches have been played at the highest level of competition between these two but there were two previous matches on the Challenger and Futures tour. Both were won by Travaglia on clay.
Travaglia Struggling on Clay after Solid Start on Hard Court
Traditionally Travaglia has done exceedingly well on clay but struggled on hard court surfaces and that can be seen from difference of his win-loss record on and outside of clay.
Before this season, he was 9-9 in main draws of events on dirt while having won just seven matches on hard court and lost 17 of them.
This year, Travaglia looked to have surprised a few with his performance at the Great Ocean Road Open where he defeated Alexander Bublik, Hubert Hurkacz and Sam Querrey among others to storm into the final. He went down fighting to Jannik Sinner in that match.
Since then, however, his results have collapsed. Before his opening round win at the Rome Masters last week, Travaglia lost seven successive opening round matches, and in the eighth, he failed to qualify for the main draw itself.
Which is also why he could have a few difficulties coming up against a clay-court specialist like Cecchinato.
No Worry for Cecchinato to Make Main Draw
Once a top-20 player, Cecchinato has seen a steep fall in his rankings and that has forced him to make the main draw via the qualifying route.
The Italian needed was lucky to face two struggling opponents in the qualifiers here, and he eased past both, Ilya Marchenko and Daniel Altmaier to cruise into the main draw.
Now will begin his real test as he looks to add to his five main draw wins this season. Those have come from 12 tournaments, having lost in the first round at six of them and failing to qualify for the main draw in the seventh.
Cecchinato’s sudden loss of form came after he had won a title in 2019 in Buenos Aires but even in 2020 things weren’t as bad as they have been this year. Last year, he had made it to the French Open third round and then ended the season as a finalist at Sardinia.
Can he now notch up his sixth win of the year?
Travaglia v Cecchinato Prediction and Tip
Cecchinato is 4/6 to win this and given his form on clay and momentum and given how poorly his opponent has gone recently, we will have to back the bookmakers’ favourite here.