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Paris Masters 2020: Alex de Minaur vs Lorenzo Sonego preview, head-to-head & prediction

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Modified 03 Nov 2020, 23:20 IST
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Match details

Fixture: Alex de Minaur vs Lorenzo Sonego

Date: 4 November 2020

Tournament: Rolex Paris Masters 2020

Round: Second round (Round of 32)

Venue: Paris, France

Category: ATP Masters 1000

Surface: Indoor hardcourt

Prize money: €3,901,015

Match timing: Approx. 3 pm local time, 7.3 pm IST

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Live telecast: USA - ESPN / Tennis Channel | India - Sony Six / Sony Liv

Alex de Minaur vs Lorenzo Sonego preview

Lorenzo Sonego upset Novak Djokovic in Vienna last week
Lorenzo Sonego upset Novak Djokovic in Vienna last week

Alex de Minaur, who will be looking to end his season with a deep showing at the Rolex Paris Masters, takes on Italy's Lorenzo Sonego in the second round on Wednesday.

De Minaur arrives in Paris on the back of a runner-up finish to Ugo Humbert in Antwerp a couple of weeks ago. The Australian was impressive throughout that tournament, registering wins over the likes of Grigor Dimitrov and Feliciano Lopez.

De Minaur also took a significant step forward earlier in the year by reaching his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at the US Open. However, he hasn't had a lot of success this year apart from the runs in Antwerp and New York.

In his first-round match against qualifier Stefano Travaglia, the World No. 25 broke serve in the last game of each set to clinch a 6-4, 6-4 win.

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Lorenzo Sonego meanwhile has enjoyed a rich vein of form lately, turning around a dismal streak of 17 losses out of 20 matches leading up to the French Open. Sonego salvaged his year with a fourth round appearance at Roland Garros, but more was to come from the 25-year-old.

Sonego stunned World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-1 at Vienna last week for the biggest win of his career. He went on to finish as the runner-up to World No. 8 Andrey Rublev at the ATP 500 event.

The Italian has picked up from where he left off, beating Alexander Bublik comfortably in the Paris Masters first round on Tuesday.

Alex de Minaur vs Lorenzo Sonego head-to-head

The first round match in Paris will be the first-ever career meeting between Alex de Minaur and Lorenzo Sonego, so the head-to-head currently stands at 0-0.

Alex de Minaur vs Lorenzo Sonego prediction

Alex de Minaur hits a forehand
Alex de Minaur hits a forehand

Alex de Minaur has shown flashes of an aggressive game in 2020, in contrast to his ultra-defensive self earlier. While the 21-year old doesn't have enough raw power to hit through the court, he more than makes up for that with his ability to take the ball on the rise and surprise his opponents with clever shot selection.

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Lorenzo Sonego is an aggressive player himself, with a heavy forehand and a precise serve. The Italian has been on point with the latter shot in particular of late; he won 80% of his first serve points against the world's best returner in Vienna, and followed it up with a serving clinic during his opener in Paris.

If De Minaur's return is not on the money, Sonego might find himself with an early advantage in their match-up on Wednesday.

Prediction: Lorenzo Sonego to win in three sets.

Published 03 Nov 2020, 22:00 IST
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