Lukas Lacko vs Marco Cecchinato
|Date & Time||Thursday September 20, 2018, 2:00 AM (EDT)|
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Lukas Lacko from Slovakia will be playing Marco Cecchinato from Italy at the second round of the 2018 ATP St Petersburg Open in Russia.
Lukas Lacko enters this match having won his opening round fixture in 3 sets. Lacko was very inconsistent with his serve in that victory as he hit 15 aces but had a first serve percentage of only 61% and let his opponent break his serve on 5 occasions. Lukas Lacko gained the advantage in that match by breaking serve on 5 occasions but he will be desperate to improve his serve since it could cause problems in future rounds.
On the other side of the court, Marco Cecchinato will be playing his first match of the tournament after getting an opening-round bye due to seeding. Marco Cecchinato is the number 3 seed for this tournament. Marco Cecchinato has had a really strong 2018 season as he has already won 2 ATP titles with the most recent occurring at the Croatian Open in July. Most of Marco Cecchinato’s success has occurred on the hard court so he will be very familiar and confident regarding the conditions at this event.
These players have played once in the past where Lukas Lacko won in straight sets. While that victory will give Lacko confidence, it is not very indicative of this match since it was played on grass.
All in all, I am expecting a close match but I think Marco Cecchinato will be good enough to win. Looking at the respective rankings, Marco Cecchinato is ranked almost 60 spots above Lacko and this shows that the Italian is a much more accomplished player. Given this match is played on the favored hard courts of Marco Cecchinato, I think he will be good enough to get the win and make it into the third round.