Hungarian World No. 42 Marton Fucsovics will lock horns against Gianluca Mager in the first round of the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Thursday, October 7. Get the live streaming options of this Marton Fucsovics v Gianluca Mager match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Marton Fucsovics v Gianluca Mager Head to Head
Fucsovics and Mager have played once before this. That meeting was at the 2016 Rome Challenger in which the Hungarian won in straight sets.
Fucsovics In Dismal Form
Marton Fucsovics reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time in his decade-long career at the Wimbledon Championships this summer. He knocked out a trio of seeded players including World No. 5 Andrey Rublev.
But things have gone from awesome to awry in the space of a month. Defeat to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon ignited a poor run of form in subsequent ATP tournaments. He mastered just one win from six matches, and across five tournaments.
The Hungarian World No. 42 was a sizable favorite in three of those defeats including that marathon five-setter against Andreas Seppi in the first round of the US Open.
Fucsovics is four wins away from equaling his career-best record of 26 match wins which he set in 2018 – the same year he won his first and thus far only ATP title on the clay courts of Geneva.
Mager Set For Indian Wells Bout
Gianluca Mager’s steady climb in the rankings has come with a generous amount of opportunities on the senior tour. The 26-year-old has forged a storied career on the ATP Challenger tour, winning four titles including the Marbella Challenger in April.
With four quarterfinal appearances in tour-level tournaments, now Mager’s name is starting to sound like he belongs at this level.
Last week, the man from Sanremo made the last eight on the indoor hard court of Sofia, besting the likes of Adrian Mannarino and Miomir Kecmanovic, without dropping a set.
The Italian has won 15 matches on the ATP tour in 2021 – the most that he has managed in a single season. But with 19 defeats, that winning rate translates to about 44%. Can the Italian pile more misery on a struggling Marton Fucsovics on Thursday?
Fucsovics v Mager Prediction and Tip
Fucsovics’ Wimbledon exploits caused him to be rather sentimental in recent months. And he hasn’t quite recovered emotionally. The price at which Magers enters this contest looks solid value. He looks likely to bag a set here.