The world No. 26 Lorenzo Sonego of Italy will take on Viktor Troicki of Serbia, the world number 230, in the first round of the 2021 ATP Queen’ s on Monday, June 14. Get the live streaming options of this Lorenzo Sonego v Viktor Troicki match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Lorenzo Sonego v Viktor Troicki Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 26-year old Italian, and the Serb, who is nine years older.
Sonego Has a Poor Record on Grass
Sonego has only ever won seven matches in grass in his career, but did win the 2019 Antalya Open, where his scalps included Pablo Carreno Busta and Miomir Kecmanovic.
That was an exception not the rule – in the other five grass court events in which he has competed, he has been beaten in the first round every time – that includes his two previous visits to Wimbledon.
He has just come off a successful European clay court season, where he won his second career title in Sardinia, and then got to the semi-finals of the Rome Masters, although it did have a disappointing end, with a first round defeat to Lloyd Harris of South Africa at the French Open.
The good news is Sonego faces an opponent who hasn’t done too well on this surface himself.
Veteran Troicki Hoping for Some Respite
At his peak Troicki was a top 20 player, and appeared in 9 senior ATP finals, winning here of them.
Amongst those finals was a defeat on grass at the Stuttgart Open in 2015, when he was beaten by Rafael NadaL.
However, several years of poor performances and loss of form have seen his ranking plummet, and he was one of the players who caught Covid after the ill-fate Adria Exhibition tour last year.
He has not won a singles match in the main draw of a senior event since Pune in February last year, so it was something of a turn-up when he was named Serbian Davis Cup captain in December.
Having failed to qualify for the French Open, Troicki switched his attention to grass, but failed to qualify for the Challenger event in Nottingham.
However, he had better fortune at Queen’s where he beat first Lucas Pouille of France in three sets, and then Alejandro Tabilo of Chile to earn his place in the main draw.
Sonego v Troicki Prediction and Tip
Sonego has very little form on grass, except for that tournament win in Turkey, but he is playing a man without a win in the main draw of an ATP event for more than a year. It is hard to see Troicki’s run ending against the Italian.