In the first round of the men’s competition in Auckland, Adrian Mannarino and Andreas Seppi will face each other.
Their match is 3rd on Grandstand, around 2:45 pm.
In the following you will find the presentation of the match, and in the end comes my forecast.
◾️The left-handed player started the year in Doha, where he lost from the first round with Alexander Bublik (3-6, 4-6).
◾️The 31-year-old Frenchman is ranked 43rd, and last year was the best of his career: he played 3 finals (Hertogenbosch, Zhuhai and Moscow), managing to win the title on Dutch grass.
◾️It’s the only ATP trophy Adrian has ever counted in his career. His game is not an aesthetic one, but it is often effective.
◾️The service remains a barometer in the evolution of the Frenchman – if he does not have a good percentage on the first ball, he becomes vulnerable, and defensively he never broke the mouth of the fair.
◾️On hard outdoor, in 2019 he won only 13 of the 27 games played.
◾️Seppi evolved last week on Australian soil at the Canberra Challenger.
◾️There he gave in to the inaugural round with Zhe Li, but made it difficult after a match of over two hours: 6-3, 5-7, 4-6.
◾️The 35-year-old Italian feels good in Australia, where every year he has a good start to the season.
◾️In 2019 he played the Sydney final, being defeated by local favorite Alex de Minaur.
◾️At the Australian Open he defeated Steve Johnson and Jordan Thompson to give in 5 sets with Tiafoe.
◾️It is worth remembering that a few years ago, also in Melbourne, Seppi defeated Roger Federer in round 3.
◾️Although he is no longer in his early teens, Andreas is still a sportsman of the caliber.
◾️From the desire to shorten the points, he advances quite often to the net, where he has a good percentage of points earned.
◾️In 2019, on hard outdoor, he has a balance of 17/11 in 28 games.
🎾Statistics of direct matches Adrian Mannarino vs Andreas Seppi
▫️It is the 10th straight match between the two players.
▫️After 30 years, they know each other very well: it’s 5-4 for Mannarino.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Adrian Mannarino vs Andreas Seppi
The duel is a tight one, open to any outcome. Mannarino has the disadvantage of having started the season in Doha, under conditions completely different from those of Auckland. Seppi serves well, often advances to the net, it is quite difficult to break them. Given that Mannarino is not the most dangerous opponent at the moment, I think the Betfair selection is a real value bet. Seppi did not give up his service in the first set with Zhe Li, he could easily do so with Mannarino. The tip becomes the winner even if the Italian loses a set with 6-7, but never gave up his service on the way to the tiebreak.
Prediction Today: Mannarino doesn’t break every set