The 23rd-ranked Cristian Garin has American and world number 118 Mackenzie McDonald up against him in the second round of the 2021 French Open on Wednesday, June 2. Get the live streaming options of this Cristian Garin v Mackenzie McDonald match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Cristian Garin v Mackenzie McDonald Head to Head
Garin and McDonald have never faced off against each other in a competitive encounter.
Garin Overcomes One Set Deficit
It wasn’t the easiest of wins and at one stage it looked like Juan Ignacio Londero could even pouch a second set before Garin came back strongly to register a four-set win in his opener.
The Chilean, who has won five clay titles in his career, won 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-2 in three hours and 12 minutes to proceed to the second round.
After losing the early advantage of a break in the first set and getting his own serve broken twice, Garin reversed that in the second set by falling a break behind and then breaking his opponent two times to make it a set apiece.
Londero then raced off to a 4-0 lead in the third set but once Garin got bit of a rhythm, he broke back to force a tie-breaker which he won off his fourth set-point. With Londero’s hold shattered, Garin had no difficulty in closing out the match in four.
Another win here takes Garin to a career-best third round at French Open, something he had managed last year. For a player bred on clay courts, he would like to do a lot better than that though.
McDonald Also in a Comeback Win
Much like Garin, McDonald was also involved in a four-set win and one in which he needed to come back from a set down against Emil Ruusuvuori.
The American qualifier, who was an overwhelming favourite going into the encounter thanks to his opponent’s shoddy form, won 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 to make it to the second round.
The 118th-ranked McDonald had earlier won all his three qualifying rounds in straight sets to make it to the main draw, but fell behind in a strange first set that was full of break-points – 13 of them came off McDonald’s serve and two off Ruusuvuori.
Down a set, McDonald then broke his opponent twice to win the second, but when he lost his serve at 5-5 in the third, signs looked ominous. Instead, he broke back to force a tie-breaker which he then won easily.
And with his confidence back, McDonald closed out the fourth set with three breaks of serves.
Things will get rather difficult now.
Garin v McDonald Prediction and Tip
Garin is an overwhelming favourite for this one with odds of 3/10 for his win. And given his form on clay, those are safe odds to go with. We believe should make a stronger start too and win the first set.