:Two players ranked outside the top 100, Marco Cecchinato and Yasutaka Uchiyama face off in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Sunday, May 30. Get the live streaming options of this Marco Cecchinato v Yasutaka Uchiyama match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Marco Cecchinato v Yasutaka Uchiyama Head to Head
There have been no previous matches played between Cecchinato and Uchiyama before this encounter.
Cecchinato Coming off Parma Final
A former world number 16, Cecchinato’s stocks have fallen badly in recent times and that has forced him to focus on what he knows best – play more on clay.
He did feature in three hard court competitions this season, lost in the first round at all three and has since, turned his attention towards clay court competitions.
And slowly but surely, Cecchinato has shown some kind of form before this French Open, a tournament in which he has made the semifinals in 2018. Since his first round exit at the Dubai Open on hard court, the Italian has played in eight clay court tournaments and made at least the second round in six of them.
Till getting to the Parma Open last week, Cecchinato hadn’t, however, got past the second round which he corrected in Italy. Wins over Jaume Munar and Aljaz Bedene helped make the final there before he fell to Sebastian Korda in the title-decider.
It was his fifth ATP final and with all of them having come on clay, it gives an indication of his love for this surface. Against an opponent who hasn’t done half as much on the same surface, Cecchinato’s confidence will grow manifold.
Uchiyama Still Waiting on Maiden Main Draw Win
On the other hand we have Cecchinato who revels on clay. At the other end of the spectrum is the 28-year-old Uchiyama whose performance on this surface has been appalling, so much so that he is yet to win a main draw match on clay.
This season, for instance, Uchiyama has played in just two clay court competitions and even those were on the Challenger circuit. Uchiyama lost in the openers at both.
The story was no different last season either when Uchiyama fell in the first qualifying round at the Rome Masters and then made the French Open main draw only to be sent packing in straight sets in his opener there.
And it’s not like Uchiyama’s form otherwise has been rave-worthy. This year, the Japanese played has won just two matches at the highest level, having featured in 10 tournaments overall. It’s difficult to see him get past Cecchinato in a best-of-five encounter.
Cecchinato v Uchiyama Prediction and Tip
Cecchinato will be uber-confident and a straight-set win looks likely with the only caveat been he had played in the final at Parma on Saturday. He will hope to recover quickly enough from the exhaustion.