The final meetings of the 1st round will be held today at the 500 Rio Open presented by Claro category tournament. We will analyze the confrontation between two good masters of the game on this cover, Italian Marco Cecchinato and Serb Dusan Lajovic .
Cecchinato just recently held in the top 20, but now the Italian has lost most of the rating points and if in the near future he can’t get together, he will return to Challengers again. Therefore, Marco will definitely try to catch up. Who will get to 1/8 final? – Check our free prediction.
At what time are Marco Cecchinato and Dusan Lajovic to play?
The game time is February 18, 2020, at 16:30 (GMT-3).
What are the players’ positions in ATP rankings?
Marco Cecchinato takes the 111th position and Dusan Lajovic takes the 23th position in ATP Tour Rankings.
How many wins and losses does Marco Cecchinato have?
Marco Cecchinato has won 34.78% of games as a favorite.
How many wins and losses does Dusan Lajovic have?
Dusan Lajovic has won 45% of the games as a favorite.
The 27-year-old Italian has been performing in Rio de Janeiro for the sixth time on an ongoing basis since 2015, but so far, oddly enough, he can’t boast of good results, despite his favorite coverage. Marco was inferior in all arrivals in the first round, only with the difference that he had qualified three times before, and twice immediately started with the main grid.
Cecchinato spent his entire career on Challengers, but at one point everything changed. After all, the Italian sensationally made it to the quarterfinals of Roland Garros (2017) and on his way closed Novak Djokovic. After such a triumph, the player gained confidence in his own abilities and then continued to progress rapidly. The Italian is known for his variable one-handed backhand, powerful forehand and excellent movement around the court.
Cecchinato from the beginning of the season managed to play in the Challenger finals in Punta Del Este, where lost to Tiago Monteiro, and then failed two ATP tournaments in the first rounds without defending his title in Buenos Aires.
It can be seen that the Italian is not in optimal shape now, suffering more on the court than enjoying the game.
The 29-year-old Serb is holding a second dirt tournament this season. Dusan played in Buenos Aires last week, passing in the 1/8 finals in two tiebreakers of the strong Spaniard Pedro Martinez Portero. Then he lost to the future champion Norwegian Casper Ruud 5-7, 1-6, who showed very reliable and confident tennis throughout the competition.
Recently, Lajovic obsessed with what to add on fast coatings. The Serb didn’t make any breakthrough, but nevertheless managed to significantly improve the results. Thanks to what is now in the top 30.
According to statistics, so far, Marco manages only with players who are outside the top 100. The Italian can’t find his game, act more stable on the court and fight to the last. Lajovic is also not a model of stability, but the start of his season turned out to be quite good. In the ATP Cup, the player had a couple of excellent matches, at the AO he entered the third round. And even though Dushan considers hard to be his favorite cover, he shows the best results on slow courts (last year he made his debut win at the ATP clay tournament in Umag).
Betting Tips Statistics
- Cecchinato scored four wins out of seven matches held on the ground.
- Lajovic completed nine out of ten meetings with a dry score.
- In four personal meetings, players got by two wins.
Marco Cecchinato vs Dusan Lajovic Predictions
It is difficult to determine the winner in a match with two extremely unstable players. Cecchinato hasn’t shown his best game for a long time, and Lajovic hasn’t yet gained the necessary form and received little game practice. We assume that the rivals will complete the match in three games.
We will have an interesting cut of two venerable dirt roadmen, which will turn out to be protracted. Our favorite is Dusan Lajovic. But don’t forget to bet on total over (22).
- Our prediction: Dusan Lajovic will win