Marco Cecchinato vs. Roberto Carballes Baena
|Date & Time||Friday February 15, 2019, 10:00 AM (EST)|
Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Marco Cecchinato and Roberto Carballes Baena meet in the quarterfinal of the 2019 tennis Argentina Open.
Marco Cecchinato is coming off a straight sets win over Christian Garin that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Cecchinato won 62 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Cecchinato won 60 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his nine break points. Cecchinato played well for a player who entered this tournament losing his last four matches, and he’s capable of seven even better than he did in his victory. Cecchinato has a chance to win two matches in a single tournament for just the third time since Cincinnati. Cecchinato has split his last four matches on clay court.
Roberto Carballes Baena is coming off a straight sets win over Lorenzo Sonego that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Carballes Baena won 65 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Carballes Baena won 63 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his 13 break points. Carballes Baena has won all four sets this tournament and has been very sharp with his return to where he’s produced a combined 10 breaks. While only two matches, this is easily some of the best tennis we’ve seen from Carballes Baena in quite some time. Carballes Baena has a chance to win three matches in a single main tour tournament since Quito in February of 2018. Carballes Baena has won five of his last six matches on clay court.
These two have played twice and Cecchinato won both meetings in straight sets. The matches both took place in 2014 and were played on clay.
Cecchinato has a clear edge in head to head and it helps that both matches were played on clay. Carballes Baena has probably been the more impressive player to start the tournament, but he’s also had little to no recent success on the main tour, so it’s hard seeing him beat a top-20 player to advance to the semifinals. This is a case of making the safe bet and backing the better and more consistent player, Cecchinato for the victory.