In the opening round clash at the French Open 2021, World No. 22 and the 21st seed Alex de Minaur will be up against World No. 77 Stefano Travaglia.
|Tournament||French Open 2021|
|Match||Alex de Minaur vs Stefano Travaglia|
|Date||31st May, 2021|
|Prize Money||$72,630 (INR 52,75,625 approx.)|
Alex de Minaur vs Stefano Travaglia : Preview
Alex de Minaur will be playing for the 5th time in the Grand Slam when he takes the court at the French Open 2021. In his previous 4 attempts he has reached the 2nd round just once. He was knocked out in the first round in the remaining 3 appearances that also include his 1st round defeat at the 2020 French Open. He will begin the tournament with a 1-4 record at the Roland Garros.
This will be the 5th Clay tournament for the 21st seed this season, having played at the 3 Clay Masters and the Barcelona Open. He is yet to go past the Round of 16, reaching the stage in the Barcelona Open 2021 and the Madrid Masters 2021.
Stefano Travaglia will also be playing his 5th tournament at the Roland Garros this year. The Italian will be in the main draw for the third time as his first 2 appearances saw him getting knocked out in the qualifying rounds itself. His best run so far came in the 2020 French Open where he reached till the 3rd round. He enters the tournament with a 6-4 record in Paris.
This will be the 8th Clay tournament for the Italian who has made early exits this season in his appearances, often starting from the qualifying rounds in Major tournaments and failed to reach the main draw at the Madrid Masters 2021.
Alex de Minaur vs Stefano Travaglia : Head to Head
This will be the 2nd meeting between the duo, who last met at the 2020 Paris Masters in the 1st round with Minaur coming out victorious in straight-sets and leads the head-to-head tie 1-0.
Alex de Minaur vs Stefano Travaglia : Prediction
Both the players have had a poor record on Clay this season having lost more matches than they have won. Minaur is 3-4 while Travaglia is 4-7 for the season on the soil surface. While Minaur has had poor performances on Clay since the last 5 seasons, it will be a strong test for the young Australian as he faces the experienced Italian who’s had a good record on Clay across his career.
Prediction: Stefano Travaglia to win in 5-sets in the first round of the French Open 2021.