Lorenzo Sonego v Max Purcell Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for Eastbourne International 2021: Can Purcell Keep the Fairytale Going?

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Third seed Lorenzo Sonego of Italy will meet Australian qualifier Max Purcell in the semifinal of the 2021 Eastbourne International on Friday, June 25. Get the live streaming options of this Lorenzo Sonego v Max Purcell match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Lorenzo Sonego v Max Purcell Head to Head

This will be a first meeting between the 27th-ranked Sonego and 283rd-ranked Purcell.

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Sonego Eases Into the Semis

World No. 27 Lorenzo Sonego eased into the semifinals of the Eastbourne International with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Alexander Bublik on Thursday.

Sonego broke his opponent four times and got broken once as he ousted the Kazakh player in 79 minutes.

This was the 26-year-old Italian’s third quarterfinal win this season. He had made it to a first-ever Masters semifinal by beating Andrey Rublev in the last eight in Rome last month and also captured a second career title by beating Laslo Djere in the Cagliari final in April.

Sonego had won his first ATP title on the grass courts of Antalya in 2018. He is 7-4 on the surface but is yet to go past the first round at Wimbledon, having lost in the opening round twice.

Defeated by Viktor Troiki on his grass opener at Queen’s last week, the third seed Sonego began his Eastbourne campaign with a 6-4, 6-2 second-round win over Australia’s John Millman on Wednesday.

The Italian is 17-12 this season, and that includes a terrific run in Rome, where he beat two top 10 players in Dominic Thiem (third round) and Rublev (quarterfinal) to take his overall tally of top 10 wins to three. He had beaten World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Vienna last year en route the final, but failed to win the title after falling to Rublev.

Purcell’s Dream Run Continues

Lucky loser Max Purcell’s dream run at Eastbourne continued Thursday as he won his third consecutive three-setter to reach the semifinals of the tournament against all odds.

Ranked 283rd in the world, Purcell, who stunned the top seed Gael Monfils in the second round on Wednesday, needed an hour and 56 minutes to dispatch fellow lucky loser Andreas Seppi in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

The Australian, 23, saved 6 of 11 break points and converted five of 10 to send the 37-year-old packing.

The 2020 Australian Open doubles runner-up with Luke Saville, Purcell had come to Eastbourne with a 1-1 singles record in 2021, having featured in Adelaide International earlier this year. He had a tough first qualifying round against Kevin Anderson, but was unfazed by the challenge, defeating the two-time major finalist 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. He, however, went down to Ilya Ivashka 7-6, 2-6, 1-6 in the second qualifier but still made it to the main draw as a lucky loser.

Once in the main draw, Purcell has shown a lot of grit, defeating fellow Australian James Duckworth 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) in the first round and then gutting it out against World No. 16 Monfils in the second round for a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win. Thursday’s win over Seppi was his third successive three-set victory in the tournament.

Sonego v Purcell Prediction and Tip

The experienced Sonego will hold the edge, but he will be wary of Purcell’s ability to dig deep and punch above his weight. The Aussie has shown great perseverance and endurance in the tournament so far and will be looking to keep the momentum going on Friday.

Tip: Sonego to win in straight sets: 8/11 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2021 Eastbourne International will be played from June 21-26. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

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