Jozef Kovalik (@2.2) vs Marco Cecchinato (@1.61)

Our Prediction:

Marco Cecchinato will win

Jozef Kovalik – Marco Cecchinato Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 09:00

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When he is at his best, his solid hitting and excellent court coverage make him a formidable opponent and he will surely have taken real confidence from his victory over Jarry. Pablo Andujar, meanwhile, had been out of action since the Austrian Open in Kitzbuhel, where he reached the quarterfinals. It may just be enough to carry him across the line against his countryman. But he looked sharp nonetheless in dispatching Chiles Nicolas Jarry 6-4 6-2 in the first round in Winston-Salem.

Lopez has had a rather difficult season, with his thrilling run to the Queens Club title a rare standout success in what has been a year of struggle for the veteran Spaniard. He did come through the qualifying in Montreal, aided by Ivo Karlovics retirement, but lost there to John Millman in three-sets before falling to Miomir Kecmanovic in the final round of qualifying in Cincinnati. As the 16th seed at the Winston-Salem Open, he received a first-round bye.

Jozef Kovalik - Marco Cecchinato tip

Last four months it has mostly been one match for a tournament and hes very glad to have found a way to win three matches here already. The Italian talked at the press conference about how last years success put a lot of pressure on him and how disappointing it was not to be able to do it again. The reason why hes playing the Pekao Szczecin Open is to find some match rhythm and confidence. Hes not too worried about his ranking dropping to no.66 as its still a good position.

Krajinovic, who enjoyed a first-round bye, will be well aware of the danger Berdych can pose having lost to him 6-7 7-6 5-7 in the quarterfinals in Montpellier earlier this season. But the big-hitting Czech showed in his three-set win over Andreas Seppi in the first round that whilst he may not be the force he once was, he can still be a force to be reckoned with. Tomas Berdych looks to be nearing the end of his career, in large part due to a persistent back injury. And if the 2010 Wimbledon finalist can find his range again, he should feel confident about his chances of claiming another victory, though it looks set to be another close contest.

The question now is: who will reach the last 16? Day two at the Winston-Salem Open was mostly washed out, leaving most of the first-round matches still to be completed. But a handful of intriguing second-round clashes have been set, with former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych and recent Queens Club champion Feliciano Lopez amongst those ready to battle for a place in the third round.

However, whats perhaps most impressive in Cecchinatos game is his point construction, the anticipation of the opponents movement and shot selection. The one-handed backhand down-the-line is still a huge weapon for Marco. Its impossible to count how many times the Italians dropshots or well-placed shots left Daniel wrong-footed. Against an opponent with so much variety and well-developed court intelligence, you never know what to expect. The Italian has no problem going for it in important moments.

The Italian managed to fight back and even held two set points of his own, before finally succumbing to Daniel nine points to eleven in the tie-breaker. The seventh seed Taro Daniel managed to take the first set in an exciting tie-break. The Japanese first led 5-3 and missed three chances to win on Cecchinatos serve. He got a point penalty for breaking his racquet, having previously thrown a ball out of the stadium and repeatedly slammed another one into the fence.

He managed to snap that streak courtesy of Alexander Bubliks retirement trailing 6-7 0-1. Although three of those four matches were played on clay, the most recent came on the grass courts at Devonshire Park. Expect the gritty Queenslander to grind Cecchinato down. Nonetheless, on a hard court, it is hard to look past Millman. Marco Cecchinato had been struggling badly coming into the Winston-Salem Open, having lost ten matches on the bounce. He has also proven something of a bogeyman to John Millman, having beaten the Australian in all four of their previous clashes.

Head to head history is not good for Cecchinato. I think Cecchinato is much better player then Kovalik, he shows some impressive matches on clay this season. It is 2 - 1 for Kovalik, who won last 2 mathes. I think this time this will change and Cecchinato will win. Match between Jozef Kovalik and Marco Cecchinato will happend on 14 of septemeber at 14:00. L E T S G O C E C C H I N A T O.

Copil, unseeded, began his campaign in North Carolina with a battling 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over Martin Klizan of Slovakia. Instead, Carreno Bustas consistency from the back of the court and his excellent movement seem destined to halt Copils challenge. But even if he does serve well, it is hard to see Copil winning this match. His serve worked well in the match as he hammered down 21 aces and he will need another good day at the line to oust the Spaniard.

Jozef Kovalik

Against Guinard, the Italian struggled mightilu to return the Frenchmans first serve. Vatutin plays a Davydenko-like game and many predicted he can be much tougher to beat. However, the Russian had issues dealing with Cecchinatos high topspin and couldnt keep up his hard-hitting game. If it wasnt for some open court forehand misses, the match could have easily gone to a decider. Just like his aforementioned compatriot, he had only two-game plans hit hard and hit harder.

Cecchinato will play Jozef Kovalik in the semifinals. A disappointing summer has brought Kovalik down to a position in the fourth hundred of the ATP Rankings. However, the Slovak is also getting stronger with each match and in two great wins the past few days (over Pawel Cias and Constant Lestienne), he has shown glimpses of his previous self. There are some similarities between the two the Slovak has also had a brilliant last season, peaking in July when he reached Hamburg European Open semifinals.