World No. 47 Laslo Djere of Serbia will face World No. 59 Pedro Martinez of Spain in the first round of the 2021 Sofia Open on Tuesday, September 28. Get the live streaming options of this Laslo Djere v Pedro Martinez match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Laslo Djere v Pedro Martinez Head to Head
Djere won their only meeting on the clay court of Cordoba last year.
Can Djere Draw Inspiration from Nur Sultan Showing?
Laslo Djere heads to Sofia with a 22-21 season record, thanks largely to the clay season, which saw him go 17-11 and reach the only final of the season in Cagliari.
The Serb clearly struggles on hard courts and this season has not been any different, with Djere winning just four of his 12 matches on the surface this year. The World No. 47 is coming off a decent showing in Nur Sultan though, where he defeated Daniel Elahi Galan and Lorenzo Musetti in tough three-setters before going down to eventual champion Soonwoo Kwon in the quarterfinals.
That last eight match also needed a third set, but Djere was demolished in the deciding set by the in-form Korean.
Can Djere lift his game in Sofia? His past results in the tournament aren’t encouraging though. The two-time ATP champion is yet to win a match here, losing in the first qualifying round in 2016, and in the opening rounds in 2018 and 2019.
Can Martinez Deliver on Hard Courts?
Like Djere, Martinez, too, is at his best on clay court, but he has been a touch better than the Serb on hard courts this year, although he has featured in just four events on hard courts in 2021.
The Spaniard reached the third round of the Australian Open, defeating Yoshihito Nishioka and Emil Ruusuvuori in the first two rounds. He also reached the second round of the U.S. Open, by eliminating James Duckworth in a five-set opening round contest, and thus brings in a 3-4 season record on the surface to Sofia.
In contrast, his clay form has been pretty decent. The 24-year-old reached his maiden tour-level final in Kitzbuhel this year and won a Challenger title in Seville a couple of weeks ago.
Overall, Martinez is 13-14 this season on the tour and will be hoping to make an impression on his Sofia debut.
Djere v Martinez Prediction and Tip
It’s a battle between two clay court specialists. Neither has had a lot of success on hard courts, but Djere is coming from Nur Sultan where he dished out a couple of good results and will be the favourite here. Martinez hasn’t played on the surface since the U.S. Open. Expect Djere to advance into the next round.