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Francisco Cerundolo is set to get his Miami Open campaign underway against Aleksandar Kovacevic after receiving a bye through the first round as one of the tournament’s seeds. Despite a gulf between the pair in the ATP rankings, this is set to be a tight affair. Here are our predictions for the match:
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Aleksandar Kovacevic vs Francisco Cerundolo – Match Predictions
Kovacevic to win
Despite being ranked 71 places below Cerundolo in the official rankings, we are backing Kovacevic to come out on top in Miami due to a combination of recent form and surface considerations. First of all, Kovacevic is in more form than the Argentinian.
So far this year, Kovacevic has won 75% of his matches while Cerundolo has only won 57%. While Kovacevic has been playing in easier events, sometimes there is no substitute for the habit of winning.
Secondly, hard courts are statistically the American’s favourite surface, while Cerundolo much prefers clay courts. The courts in Miami are playing fast this week which will also help the big-hitting Kovacevic.
Total sets – 3
Regardless of who comes out on top, we will be very surprised if the match doesn’t go all the way to three sets. Kovacevic needed three sets to overcome Munar in his opening round in Miami while six of Cerundolo’s last eight matches have gone the distance.
Neither player will mind if the match is a long slog with Kovacevic winning six out of his last seven three-set matches and Cerundolo winning five of his last eight.
Aleksandar Kovacevic vs Francisco Cerundolo Preview
Now that our predictions have been established, let’s look closer at how both men have been getting on recently and their careers to date.
Kovacevic has recently reached a career-high of 102nd in the world after enjoying two wins on the Challenger Tour in as many months. Before 2023 he had never won a professional tournament so to win two already this year is something to be proud of.
If he can carry on this form, then he will surely find himself in the top 100 by the middle of the year and at the age of 24, time is on his side to carry on progressing through the ranks. He will fancy his chances against Cerundolo.
Francisco Cerundolo is the same age as his opponent but has had loftier expectations placed on his shoulders so far in his career due to his performances as a youngster. His form this year has been mixed but with the clay court season fast approaching, he will be hopeful of getting back inside the world’s top 25 by the time the French Open comes around.
Cerundolo is still waiting for his first tournament win on the ATP Tour and that wait is unlikely to end this week.
Aleksandar Kovacevic vs Francisco Cerundolo Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the two players.
Aleksandar Kovacevic vs Francisco Cerundolo Match Details
- On which surface will this match be played? Kovacevic and Cerunodolo will play against each other on an outdoor hard court
- What time will the match start? The match will take place on Saturday 25th of March after 11 am UK time.
- Is it possible to watch the Miami Open 2023 live in the UK? This match, and every other match in this tournament will be available on Amazon Prime for fans in the United Kingdom.