World No. 75 Gianluca Mager of Italy will meet World No. 152 Daniel Altmaier of Germany in the second round of the 2021 Umag Open on Thursday, July 22. Get the live streaming options of this Gianluca Mager v Daniel Altmaier match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Gianluca Mager v Daniel Altmaier Head to Head
This will be their first tour-level meeting. Mager won both of their Futures level matches in 2016.
Mager Makes a Determined Comeback
Gianluca Mager made a determined comeback after being bageled in the first set to beat Spain’s Pedro Martinez in the first round in Umag.
The Italian looked completely out of sorts in the first set as the Spaniard wrapped it up in just 22 minutes. Mager raised his level in the next set, breaking Martinez twice to force the decider.
Both exchanged breaks in the third, before the Italian got his nose in front with an extra break and then served out the match for a 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 win in an hour and 56 minutes.
A decent clay court player, the 26-year-old Mager will aim for a second quarterfinal berth this year, after he made it to the last eight in Belgrade.
The opening round win improved the Marbella Challenger winner to 10-13 overall and 7-9 on clay this year.
Altmaier Advances After Moutet Retires
Daniel Altmaier had lost eight successive main draw matches on the tour, but that losing streak came to an end on Wednesday, with the German qualifier progressing to the Round of 16.
Luck played a huge role in helping the World No. 152 advance, as his opening round opponent Cornetin Moutet was forced to retire with the match poised at one-set-all.
Moutet drew first blood after Altmaier lost serve twice in the first set to go down 5-7, but the German forced his way back into the contest with three breaks in the second. He took the set 6-1 before Moutet retired.
Interestingly, Altmaier, who came through the qualifiers, had lost the first set in both of his qualifying rounds as well. He beat Italy’s Flavio Cobolli 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday and Serbia’s Matija Pecotic 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Monday.
The 22-year-old, who had come to Umag with a 0-5 main draw record this year, had won a Challenger title in Braunschweig earlier this month.
Mager v Altmaier Prediction and Tip
Mager’s experience gives him the edge. Expect the match to be another close affair, with the Italian edging through.