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Two Italians will face in the second round of the Umag Open as the 2018 Croatia Open champion, Marco Cecchinato will take on Lorenzo Sonego.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Marco Cecchinato vs Lorenzo Sonego – Match Predictions
Marco Cecchinato turned things around in the opening round match that lasted two days and now will face his fellow Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the second round. The younger Sonego is a major favorite, but Cecchinato is the one who won their only previous match.
Lorenzo Sonego 2-0
Both players have a losing record this season but it is clear that Sonego is the better one. He has much better serve and a stronger forehand and that will be enough for a comfortable 2-0 win over Cecchinato.
Under 20.5 games
Cecchinato won his first ATP match in a while in the opening round and that will be everything, we are about to see of him at the Croatian Open. He will definitely try to move forward in the tournament, but Sonego would be too big of a bite and this match will finish under 20.5 games in total.
Marco Cecchinato vs Lorenzo Sonego Preview
Marco Cecchinato is a former Croatian Open champion which certainly gives him another dose of confidence, but his shape is not on the level needed to go deep in the tournament this year.
Marco Cecchinato is ranked 96th in the world which is far lower than his career high at No. 16. The player who once defeated Novak Djokovic in the Roland Garros quarterfinals is 14-18 for the season and 13-14 on clay.
In the opening round of the Croatian Open. Cecchinato defeated Alexander Shevchenko 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 after the match was suspended at 3-5 in the first set on Monday.
Cecchinato’s best result this season was the semifinals in Estoril where he lost to Miomir Kecmanovic. Back in 2018, Cecchinato won the Croatian Open defeating Guido Pella in the final. Last year, he made it to the quarterfinals where he lost to Franco Agamenone.
Lorenzo Sonego is currently ranked No. 43 in the world and his career high is 21st place. The 28-year-old is 17-19 for the season and 7-6 on clay.
Sonego lost the last three matches he played and is coming off a first round loss to Albert Ramos Vinollas in Gstaad, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
Sonego’s best results this season are the quarterfinals in Dubai where he lost to Alexander Zverev and in Montpellier where he failed to Jannik Sinner.
Marco Cecchinato vs Lorenzo Sonego Head to Head
Cecchinato has won the only previous match against Sonego. It was the round of 16 of the 2016 Perugia Challenger when the more experienced player won 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Marco Cecchinato vs Lorenzo Sonego Match Details
- When will the match between Cecchinato vs Sonego be played? The match is scheduled for July 27.
- Who is the favorite in the Cecchinato vs Sonego match? According to the bookies, Sonego is the favorite to win this match.
- Who is the defending champion of the Croatia Open? Jannik Sinner won the tournament in 2022.
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