Next Gen Serb Miomir Kecmanovic plays Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco in the first round of the 2021 Astana Open on Monday, September 20. Get the live streaming options of this Miomir Kecmanovic v Fernando Verdasco match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Miomir Kecmanovic v Fernando Verdasco Head to Head
This will be the second meeting between both players. Their only meeting was at the 2019 Aussie Open first round, which was won by Verdasco in straight sets.
Kecmanovic Looking To Redeem Season After US Open Series
22-year-old Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic has been on the tour for a couple seasons and impressed all as he reached his first ATP final in 2019, losing to Lorenzo Sonego on the grass of Antalya, and won his maiden title on the Kitzbuhel clay last year.
The Next Gen Serb was ranked as high as number 38 earlier in the year and depicted immense promise for what was going to be a much fuller tennis calendar after the Covid-19 interruptions in 2020.
Unfortunately, it has not been a promising season for Kecmanovic as he has faced a host of disappointing early losses and his best result has been a quarter-final loss on home soil in Belgrade to compatriot and world number one Novak Djokovic.
Kecmanovic is coming off a weak US Open series where he lost in the first round at the Citi Open in Washington DC, Canadian Masters in Toronto and at the Cincinatti Masters before heading to the US Open where it was another opening round loss.
The young Serb will be looking to get back into form of some sort on the indoor hard courts here in Nur-Sultan and set himself on the path of hopefully redeeming himself for the remainder of the tournament.
Verdasco Looking For Another Hurrah!
37-year-old Spaniard Fernando Verdasco was once ranked as high as number seven in the world in the ATP rankings.
The Spaniard will always be remembered for the 2013 Wimbledon quarterfinals where he had an unexpected two-sets-to-love lead against the second seed Andy Murray, but the Scot rebounded and went on to win not just the match but also the tournament, outplaying Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
A seven-time ATP title champion and 16-time runner-up on the tour, Verdasco won his last title in Bucharest in 2016 and played his last final in Rio in 2018.
The World No. 134 has not been at his best in recent times, affected by a leg injury and COVID-19 last year. It was his recent struggles that saw him drop out of the top 100 in May for the first time since 2004.
This year the former World No. 7 has a 2-6 record. His two wins came against Lucas Pouille and Adrian Mannarino on way to the quarterfinals at the Belgrade Open, which he lost to Slovakia’s Alex Molcan.
It has been a struggle for him as he has failed to qualify for many of the tournaments where he once was a definite floater in the draw. With age not on his side anymore, Verdasco will be hoping for one last hurrah in his career before riding into the night.
Kecmanovic v Verdasco Prediction and Tip
This is a clash between two players looking for form and confidence as the season enters its last third. While Kecmanovic is looking for his young career to rekindle momentum, Verdasco is hoping for another wind late in his career.
While it depends on who is better on the day largely, expect the younger legs of the Serb to prevail in a decider.