World number 26 Lorenzo Sonego of Italy will take on Japan’s Taro Daniel in the first round of the Olympics men’s singles on Saturday, July 24. Get the live streaming options of this Lorenzo Sonego v Taro Daniel match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Lorenzo Sonego v Taro Daniel Head to Head
There have been no previous matches at any competitive level played between Sonego and Daniel.
Sonego Solid on Grass Recently
While Sonego is essentially a clay-court specialist, he would be chuffed with the way he went about his business on grass recently.
At Eastbourne, he made it all the way to the final before losing to Alex De Minaur and then carried that form into Wimbledon where Sonego reached the fourth round.
And prior to that Sonego had won his second career ATP title in Cagliari before managing to shock Dominic Thiem and Andrey Rublev on his way to the Rome Masters semifinals.
It’s on hard court surfaces that Sonego hasn’t yet found a method to get through. In fact a win-loss ratio of 0.4 with 17 wins and 25 defeats is something Sonego will desperately want to mend. Can he do that starting at Tokyo?
Daniel on a Three-Match Losing Streak
Daniel’s had a good season on clay, especially down the rungs on the Challenger circuit but he does enter his first round match at home on the back of three successive defeats.
The first these came in the semifinal of the Lyon Challenger before he lost his opener in another Challenger on clay. And then at Bastad, Daniel went down to Elias Ymer in three hard-fought sets.
Making it worse for Daniel coming into this tournament is his record on hard court surfaces.
This year, he last played on hard courts in February, at Australian Open, where he was knocked out by Maxime Cressy in the opening round. This was after he had made the main draw as a lucky loser and then lost in the opener at Murray River Open.
Sonego v Daniel Prediction and Tip
While Sonego isn’t quite a hard-court player himself, Daniel’s poor form on that surface makes this bit of a mismatch; expecting Sonego to cruise through to the second round.