World No. 55, Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, will take on the 81st-ranked Salvatore Caruso in the first round of the 2021 Parma Open on Monday, May 24. Get the live streaming options of this Aljaz Bedene v Salvatore Caruso match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Aljaz Bedene v Salvatore Caruso Head to Head
The pair have met once before, in the first round of a qualifying competition for a clay court event on the Challenger circuit in 2010, Bedene winning for the loss of just one game.
Bedene Beat Goffin in Lyon
Bedene, the Slovenian, who briefly switched his allegiance to Great Britain, where he lives, before reverting back when he failed to qualify for their Davis Cup team, has been in four finals and lost them all.
Two of those were clay court events – the Hungarian Open in 2017, and the Argentina Open – a year later.
His record though in all the clay court Masters’ events is patchy whilst he has only twice made the third round in Paris, including last year.
Bedene’s form on clay so far this year suggests he will do to emulate that feat in Paris this year, and prior to last week, he had only reached the third round of a tournament once, and that was in Sardinia.
However, he emulated that achievement in Lyon and recorded a good straight sets win over David Goffin, the world number 13, in the process.
Italian Clay Court Specialist Caruso Struggling
Caruso’s solitary senior tour final was in the doubles of the Rio Open last year, on clay, where he was beaten with his partner Federica Gaio.
However, in his days on the junior tours, he did make the final of 12 clay court tournaments, winning seven of them. His recent form on his preferred surface though has been disappointing, to say the least.
During the South American swing, he was beaten in the first round in both Buenos Aires and Santiago.
Reverting to Europe, he managed to come through qualifying, and managed to beat a Monegasque wildcard before losing in the second round.
He has lost all three matches he has subsequently played, suffering first round defeats in Barcelona, Rome, and Geneva.
Aljaz Bedene v Salvatore Caruso Prediction and Tip
Whilst Bedene is not in the best of form himself, he is playing a man who will be short of confidence, having only one a single senior match on clay this year. The Slovenian should progress to the second round.