World No. 22 Alex de Minaur, of Australia, will meet Italy’s Marco Cecchinato in the second round of the 2021 French Open on Thursday, June 3. Get the live streaming options of this Alex de Minaur v Marco Cecchinato match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alex de Minaur v Marco Cecchinato Head to Head
This will be a sixth meeting between the two and De Minaur leads 3-2 head-to-head. The Australian has won twice in Wimbledon in 2018 and 2019 and in Cincinnati in 2019.
Cecchinato, meanwhile, has won both their clay-court matches, winning in Rome in 2019 and in the first round of the French Open last year.
De Minaur Sends Travaglia Packing
No. 21 seed Alex de Minaur reached the second round of the French Open for the second time in his career as the Aussie knocked out Italy’s Stefano Travaglia in straight sets on Tuesday.
In a two-hour-and-28-minute contest, De Minaur struck 11 aces and converted 5 of 7 break points to beat the World No. 78, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
The 22-year-old de Minaur, who finished runners-up at the ATP NexGen finals in 2018 and 2019, struck 23 winners and made 32 unforced errors in the match. In contrast, his opponent had 40 winners and a staggering 62 unforced errors. De Minaur also faced 16 break points in the match but he saved 14 of them.
The win improved the Australian to 12-10 in 2021.
He began the season on a solid note in Antalya, claiming his fourth ATP title. However, since then he has failed to make deep runs in other tournaments.
He came to Paris with a 3-4 record on clay, which included a first Round-of-16 appearance at the Madrid Masters, where he defeated Jaume Munar and Lloyd Harris before going down to Dominic Thiem in straight sets.
When it comes to Grand Slams, the Australian delivered his best result at the U.S. Open last year, reaching his first major quarterfinal, but it was Thiem who ended his run at Flushing Meadows as well.
Overall, de Minaur is 6-15 on clay and may find it the going tough in the next round.
Cecchinato Outs Uchiyama
Facing De Minaur in the next round will be 2018 French Open semifinalist Marco Cecchinato, who came back from a set down to overcome Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama in the opening round on Tuesday.
The Italian, ranked 83rd in the world, struck 10 aces and 37 winners to defeat the World No. 115, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
Cecchinato, who was broken once in the first set and once in the fourth, had 15 break points in the match and he capitalised on 6 of them. The match that lasted two hours and 18 minutes, saw the Italian win 46% receiving points. He also made 32 unforced errors, four less than his opponent.
The Italian had come to Roland Garros with a 10-13 record this year and he was 10-10 on clay.
A three-time winner on the tour, Cecchinato reached the final in Parma last week, but finished runner-up to Sebastian Korda. It was the second time in his career that he finished runner-up in a tournament
Cecchinato, who had reached the final four at Roland Garros in 2018 by beating Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, reached as far as the third round last year.
De Minaur v Cecchinato Prediction and Tip
De Minaur is the seeded player, and has a 3-2 lead in the head-to-head rivalry. But the Australian has never won against the Italian on clay and having got into a good rhythm on the surface, Cecchinato might fancy his chances once again.