Argentine Diego Schwartman, the number three seed, will face Marco Cecchinato of Italy in the final of the ATP Argentina Open on Sunday, February 17. The match is scheduled to take place at 5 pm BST.
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Diego Schwartman v Marco Cecchinato Head to Head
The pair have met once before back on the Challenger Tour back on the Challenger Tour of the outdoor clay of Szszecin of Poland in a last 16 match. On that occasion Schwartzman won in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
Schwartman – Home Town Favourite
26-year old Schwartman is Buenos Aires-born and bred so this is very much a local event for him. Like his opponent, he was won two ATP senior events before – the Istanbul Open in 2016, and the Brazil Open in Rio last year. And, like his opponent, he is also a clay court specialist, with all his final appearances coming on that surface.
Where he differs from his opponent is that he has more of an all-round game – he has made the European Open final twice on hard courts, and has reached the second round or better in all the Grand Slam events.
He knocked out defending champion Dominic Thiem in a very tight tense match on Saturday and will be confident he can now go one better and lift the title on Sunday.
Cecchinato – Clay Court Specialist But Can He Do it Again?
World number 18 Cecchinato made history in 2018 when he became the first Sicilian to win an ATP title as he won the Hungarian Open in April. He then followed that up three months later with his second tournament win, clinching the Croatia Open by beating compatriot Guido Pella in the final.
His game is almost entirely based on clay. That can be seen from the fact that, of the 19 finals he reached whilst playing on the ATP Challenger and ITF Futures Tours, all but one of them were tournaments played on clay, and all his 11 wins came on the surface.
It is also evidenced by the fact that although he reached the semi-final of the French Open last year, before being beaten by Dominic Thiem, he has never got beyond the first round phase in any of the other Grand Slams – although he did contrive to throw away a match point against Serbia’ Filip Krajinovic in Melbourne last month.
Schwartman v Cecchinato Predictions & Tips
The bookmakers make Schwartman odds on favourite to win the tournament at 4/6 (bet365) , despite the fact that Cecchinato is one place above him in the world rankings, and was seeded higher for this tournament.
This reflects the fact that the Argentine is not only playing in his whole country but in his native city of Buenos Aires. He will have the overwhelming support of the crowd behind him.
Cecchinato though is a clay court specialist and, if he can keep his nerve under the pressure, can be backed at 24/17 (Unibet) .
You can watch & bet on Diego Schwartman v Marco Cecchinato on Sunday, February 17. The match will be held from 17:00 local time onwards.