Liam Caruana vs Alex de Minaur
|Date & Time||Wednesday November 7, 2018, 10:30 AM (EST)|
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Australian tennis superstar, Alex de Minaur will play Liam Caruana from Italy in the first round of matches of group stages at the 2018 ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan.
Liam Caruana enters this tournament as the Italian qualifier after winning 4 matches to make it into this event. It was a close qualifying tournament but Liam Caruana won his final match in 4 sets gain qualification. This will be a big challenge for Liam Caruana as he has been playing ITF events rather than ATP events meaning the level of competition will be much higher for the Italian. With this tournament being played in Italy, Liam Caruana will enjoy the support of his home crowd which should give him a boost in this match.
On the other side of the coin, Alex de Minaur enters this tournament following a very successful 2018 season where he finished second at 2 ATP events. In more recent weeks, Alex de Minaur had deep runs at the ATP Shanghai Masters and ATP Shenzhen Open. This will be the first time that Alex de Minaur will be playing at the ATP Next Gen Finals but considering his amazing form heading into this event, he will be very confident that he can do well.
This will be the first time that Alex de Minaur and Liam Caruana will be playing each other.
I see this match ending up as a very one-sided contest as Alex de Minaur is a much more accomplished player when compared to Liam Caruana. The difference in ranking between the two players is very significant with Liam Caruana over 200 spots below his opponent. Having had a very successful 2018 season where he established himself as a top 100 ATP player, I see Alex de Minaur beating Liam Caruana with ease.