These two players have already faced each other once. It was in the 1/4 finals of the Todi Challenger in 2020, and Yannick Hanfmann won 6-4 6-4.
Yannick Hanfmann had played this tournament in Sardinia last October. He had reached the 1/4 finals (defeat against the talent Lorenzo Musetti).
For his part, Marco Cecchinato also participated in this ATP 250. The Italian lost in the final to Laslo Djere.
In this edition
In his first match, Yannick Hanfmann won in 3 sets against Tommy Paul.
As for Marco Cecchinato, he defeated his compatriot Thomas Fabbiano, also in 3 sets.
If these two players manage to get closer to their best level, then we should see a very nice battle. Unfortunately, this match could well be a “pchiit” as these two men are quite irregular at the moment.
Yannick Hanfmann seems to have more weapons in this game to counter Marco Cecchinato. First of all, the German has a powerful serve that could bother his opponent a lot. It must be said that the Italian has never been an excellent receiver, and this could be confirmed once again in this match. Marco Cecchinato may have difficulty reaching 50% on his second balls, while Yannick Hanfmann likes to attack his opponents’ small serves.
When we have rallies, both of these players can rely on aggressive shots. Marco Cecchinato has the ability to move his opponent well. Yannick Hanfmann can be destabilized when he has to hit at the end of the court.
However, Marco Cecchinato has a bad habit of playing a few neutral shots before attacking. His balls are less precise and lack length. He knows how to send back a lot of balls and to take advantage of his opponent’s faults (like in his last match). But this could still result in Yannick Hanfmann getting inside the court to unleash his attacks.
I think that the German has a more offensive spirit than Marco Cecchniato. He should take the initiative first and that could win him many points. That’s why I prefer him in this match.
Prediction: Yannick Hanfmann wins