World number 86 Jiri Vesely will take on the 177th-ranked Alessandro Giannessi in the first round of the 2021 Umag Open on Tuesday, July 20. Get the live streaming options of this Jiri Vesely v Alessandro Giannessi match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jiri Vesely v Alessandro Giannessi Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between Vesely and Giannessi before this.
Vesely Stumbling at Second Hurdle for a While
Having begun the season with a three-match winning streak that took him to the quarterfinal at Murray River Open in February, Vesely hasn’t quite achieved the heights of that form again.
He has played in 11 ATP and three Challenger competitions since then, and the best he has done is a second round appearance at a few of them. Vesely has just not been able to get through to that elusive next stage, get those two successive victories in a tournament.
In fact more recently, he has played in four tournaments in a row including two on clay and a couple on grass and each time the same sequence has repeated – a first round win followed by a second round defeat.
What Vesely would like is to break this jinx but he now enters a tournament where he has played since 2013, and made the quarterfinal stage just once. In fact on three of the previous four occasions, Vesely hasn’t gone past the second round, again.
For starters he would like to win his opener here, to give himself a chance to break that unwanted streak.
Qualifier Giannessi a Clay-Courter at Heart
Giannessi has played a total of 45 matches this season spread across Challengers, qualifiers and a few in main draws of ATP tournaments. Only four of them came on non-clay surfaces, giving one an indication where his preferences lie.
That he lost all those four matches make for perfect sense given he has barely won anything outside of clay all career.
At Umag, Giannessi has had to make it through with a couple of qualifying wins which the former world number 84 did with aplomb, in straight sets.
Unfortunately for Giannessi, while he has managed to make it to the semifinal in a few of the Challengers he has played, he is yet to win a main draw match in an ATP tournament.
Difficult to see Giannessi ward off the Vesely threat but playing on clay will be his advantage.
Vesely v Giannessi Prediction and Tip
While Vesely is a favourite in this one it is not that big a surprise to see Giannessi not too far behind on this one. We believe it will turn out to be a fighting match that goes into a third set.