World No. 104 Marco Cecchinato will take on qualifier Raul Brancaccio in the first round of the 2021 Parma Open on Monday, May 24. Get the live streaming options of this Marco Cecchinato v Raul Brancaccio match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Marco Cecchinato v Raul Brancaccio Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the 28-year-old Cecchinato and 24-year-old Brancaccio.
Cecchinato Struggling to Win Consecutive Main Draw Matches
Marco Cecchinato has struggled for most of this season and has a 6-12 record in 2021.
The Italian had a 1-6 start to the season, losing in the first rounds in Melbourne-2, Australian Open, Buenos Aires, Santiago and Dubai and winning just one match in Cordoba.
The 2018 French Open semifinalist finally found some momentum on the European clay season. He won his opening round match in Cagliari before bowing out in the Round of 16 and then qualified for the Monte-Carlo Masters and won the first round match against Dominik Koepfer before falling to David Goffin.
Continuing the trend, the 28-year-old right-hander won once each in Belgrade and Estoril but faltered in the next round in both the tournaments, falling to Matteo Berrettini and Ugo Humbert respectively.
He also qualified for the Madrid Open but lost a close three-set first round encounter to Roberto Bautista Agut and then failed to go past the qualifying rounds in Rome.
This week in Geneva, he made the main draw once again through the qualifying rounds and won the first round match against Stefano Travaglia but yet again couldn’t go past the second round, falling to Denis Shapovalov despite taking the first set.
Interestingly, Cecchinato’s last four defeats, including the final qualifying loss to Cam Norrie in Rome, were all three set matches, an indicator that the Italian may be making early exits but not surrendering easily.
Brancaccio to Make Debut
Facing Cecchinato will be compatriot Raul Brancaccio, who will be making his ATP main draw debut on Monday after qualifying for the event on Sunday.
Ranked 333rd in the world, Brancaccio, who received a wild card for the qualifiers, defeated Australia’s James Duckworth 7-5, 6-3 in the first qualifying round on Saturday.
The Italian won 83% of first serve points and converted four of eight break points to win the match in an hour and 30 minutes.
On Sunday, the 24-year-old defeated Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 6-3 in the second qualifier and sealed his place in the main draw of an ATP event for the first time.
Saving all five break points against the Russian, Brancaccio converted 3 of 9 to win in an hour and 42 minutes.
The Italian has won six ITF titles, al of which have come on clay.
Marco Cecchinato v Raul Brancaccio Prediction and Tip
The experienced Cecchinato will be looking to start well against the debutant. Expect him to advance into the next round and set up a matchup with either seventh seed Aljaz Bedene or Salvatore Caruso.