These two players have already met three times between 2016 and 2020, always on clay courts. Marco Cecchinato won the first two matches, while Laslo Djere took his revenge in the final of Sardinia last year.
Marco Cecchinato will participate in this ATP 250 in Buenos Aires for the sixth time in his career. He has only managed to pass the first round once. That was in 2019, and he managed to lift the trophy.
For his part, Laslo Djere will play this Argentinean tournament for the second consecutive year. Last year, the Serb was eliminated in the 2nd round by Juan Ignacio Londero (in 3 sets including a tie-break).
This match should offer us nice and long rallies. Indeed, we’re dealing with two good earthlings who know how to manage rallies by staying behind their back line.
The key to this match is in the hands of Marco Cecchinato. Indeed, in my opinion, he has everything he needs to counter the Serb.
Laslo Djere does not have the best service on the circuit and this should allow Marco Cecchinato to engage in regular rallies. Then, the Serb commits few faults and this regularity could well annoy the Italian who sometimes lacks confidence. However, Djere may have difficulty staying in the light when he undergoes the rally. He often drops neutral shots that allow aggressive opponents like Cecchinato to neutralize him. Laslo Djere is much less effective when he is always on the move.
Marco Cecchinato also has a little secret weapon that should work well against Laslo Djere: his ability to achieve good cushioning. The Serb is quite heavy and that could leave him more than once on the spot.
Let’s also highlight Marco Cecchinato’s good first balls which could allow him to win some precious free points or to get in good conditions to start the rallies. In his two matches in Cordoba, he has always been above 70%. Not bad.
Finally, Marco Cecchinato had the opportunity to get back on clay this week in Cordoba. This is an important element to take into account given that Laslo Djere has not played since his elimination in the 1st round of the Australian Open on February 9th. He may therefore need time to spread his wings.
Let us also note that Laslo Djere is not in full confidence. Indeed, he has not yet won a match this season. He is at 5 consecutive defeats. The Serb hopes to find good sensations on his favorite surface.
If Marco Cecchinato manages to play his tennis, without falling into his flaws, then there is no reason for him to miss this match. Nevertheless, this prediction seems risky to me since the Italian is not the most mentally stable and Laslo Djere’s regularity may well manage to tickle him a bit. So be careful.
Prediction: Marco Cecchinato wins