Fourth seed Richard Gasquet of France will meet Italian qualifier Alessandro Giannessi in the second round of the 2021 Umag Open on Wednesday, July 21. Get the live streaming options of this Richard Gasquet v Alessandro Giannessi match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Richard Gasquet v Alessandro Giannessi Head to Head
This will be a first meeting between the two.
Gasquet Will Look to Make a Deep Run
World No. 59 Richard Gasquet has had a mixed bag season so far, but the 35-year-old has looked the most comfortable on dirt and brings a 6-6 clay record to Umag.
A 15-time champion and 16-time runner-up on the tour, Gasquet has found it difficult to get back-to-back wins in most of the tournaments, but got through the first two rounds in Lyon and Parma for his two quarterfinals of the season.
The Frenchman is on a two-match losing streak, having lost to Roger Federer for a 19th time in his career in the second round at Wimbledon and then being sent packing by Marco Cecchinato in Bastad. The former World No. 7 will back himself against Giannessi in the first round but may have to face Cecchinato again in the quarterfinal, if the Italian wins his second round against Damir Dzhumur.
Fun Fact: Gasquet has a 9-9 win-loss record so far this season – 6-6 on clay, 2-2 on hard courts and 1-1 on grass. He had a 10-10 overall record in 2020 and was 17-17 in 2019.
Qualifier Giannessi Stuns Vesely
Italian qualifier Alessandro Giannessi notched a third straight sets win in three days to register his first tour-level main draw win of the season. The 31-year-old, who came through the qualifiers, ousted World No. 86 Jiri Vesely in the first round on Tuesday.
The Italian’s only other previous main draw appearance this year was at the French Open, where he gave a tough time to Kei Nishikori before bowing out in five.
Giannessi defeated Germany’s Rudolf Molleker in the first qualifying round on Sunday and Renzo Olivo in the second qualifier on Monday before dumping out the Czech 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 in the first round on Tuesday.
Ranked 177th in the world, the Italian lefty has very little experience at the highest level but is a regular on the Challenger tour and has a liking for clay courts over other surfaces.
Gasquet v Giannessi Prediction and Tip
Despite Giannessi’s form, it will be a tall order for the Italian to beat the vastly experienced Frenchman. Expect Gasquet to ease into the quarterfinals with a straight sets win.