Richard Gasquet will take on Marco Cecchinato in the first round of the Dubai Open 2021. Gasquet is currently the World no.49 on the ATP rankings and Cecchinato is the World no.89.
- Tournament: ATP Dubai Open 2021
- Match: Richard Gasquet vs Marco Cecchinato
- Round: First Round
- Date: 15th March, 2021
- Prize Money: $13,300
- Venue: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
Richard Gasquet vs Marco Cecchinato : Preview
Gasquet was once ranked as high as no.7 in the world but now his ranking is tottering in the late 40’s and on the verge of going out of the top 50. Injuries have played a big part in this decline. In the last tournament that he participated in, Qatar Open, he easily beat his first round opponent Blaž Rola, but had to withdraw soon after due to back troubles.
But the veteran Frenchman still has some gas left in the tank, which he proved by reaching the Semi Finals of the Sofia Open in November 2020. His first round opponent is Italian Marco Cecchinato. Cecchinato has been involved in Challengers and also the main ATP tour events. But post lockdown, his best finish has been reaching the third round of the French Open. Once ranked as high as no.16 in the world, Cecchinato plays his best tennis on clay, and was the semi finalist at the French Open in 2018.
Richard Gasquet vs Marco Cecchinato: Head-to-Head
These two players have not played on the tour before, so the head to head stands at 0-0.
Richard Gasquet vs Marco Cecchinato: Prediction
Gasquet has an all court game and is a much superior player. But his fitness is an issue and something that Cecchinato will be well aware of. Cecchinato is not in the greatest of forms himself and will find it tough going if he faces a fully fit Gasquet.
Match Prediction: Gasquet to win in straight sets.