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French Open Tips & Preview – Alex de Minaur V Marco Cecchinato

WILL EVANS’ daily preview serves up French Open tips for a second-round showdown between Alex de Minaur and Marco Cecchinato. 

French Open Tips – Alex de Minaur V Marco Cecchinato

21:30 (AEST), Thu 3rd Jun @ Roland Garros, Paris

History: Played 5: De Minaur 3 V Cecchinato 2

Last meeting: French Open, 2020 (R128): Cecchinato d de Minaur 7-6 6-4 6-0

Final Thoughts: Aussie hope Alex de Minaur’s French Open campaign kicks up a gear as he confronts clay-court specialist Marco Cecchinato in the second round.

The pair have built up a healthy rivalry over five previous encounters, including three at Grand Slam level. De Minaur won Wimbledon first-round matches in 2018 and ’19, but Cecchinato powered to a straight-sets victory in the opening round of last year’s French Open.

Cecchinato also won their only other meeting on clay, coming from a set down at the 2019 Rome Masters.

De Minaur was impressive in accounting for Stefano Travaglia 6-2 6-4 7-6 in the first round at Roland Garros.

The 21st seed slammed down 11 aces and had his serve broken just twice. He saved 14 of 16 break-point opportunities he offered up.

Cecchinato – a former top-20 player but currently ranked 83rd – overcame a first-set slip-up to beat Yasutaka Uchiyama 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4.

All five of the 28-year-old’s ATP tournament finals were on clay, as well as 19 of his 20 Challenger and Futures finals. That includes last month’s Emilia-Romagna Open, where he ultimately went down to Sebastian Korda.

Cecchinato also reached the French Open semis in 2018. The Italian’s success on the red dirt sees him installed as a $1.80 favourite to again bundle de Minaur out at Roland Garros.

De Minaur’s speed and tenacity are valuable assets, but he is relatively unproven on clay and has not been beyond the second round at a French Open. I’m predicting Cecchinato to get through in four sets.

Tip: Set Handicap – Cecchinato -1.5 @ $2.37


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