World No. 24 Alex de Minaur meets 45th Adrian Mannarino in the second round of the 2023 Australian Open on Thursday 19 January. Head to head, and tips here.
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Alex de Minaur against Adrian Mannarino head to head
There have been three previous meetings between the duo, two of which de Minaur has won. Two of those games took place in 2022 and ended 1-1. In their first meeting, de Minaur defeated Mannarino in the final of the Zhuhai Open.
de Minaur makes short work of Hsu
Yu Hsiou Hsu has never been better than world No. 208, but the Chinese player had shown great resilience as he progressed through the qualifying stage and made his first appearance in the Australian Open main draw. In fact, it was his first-ever appearance at a Grand Slam.
Unfortunately, his stint on his debut lasted a full hour and 54 minutes, with de Minaur delivering a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win over Hsu in his opener.
De Minaur, who won one of his two United Cup games earlier this season, had just one break point in the entire game while breaking his opponent six times in total.
And it was his powerful serve that helped him, with the Australian winning 86% of his points on the first serve and 71% on the second.
Also helping de Minaur’s cause was the 48 unforced errors Hsu hit, making clutch moments much easier to grab in the match.
However, things might get a little trickier in the second round as his opponent has a lot more experience than Hsu.
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Mannarino sends Isner to pack
The way Mannarino faced John Isner in the first round looked like it wouldn’t differ from most Isner games.
That was because the two players shared the first two sets, both without a tie-breaker. Mannarino grabbed the opener and had two set points in set number two before Isner came back to equalize.
What followed next was a bit of a surprise. Isner, who was not broken in the first two sets as he was throughout most of his career, was broken four times in the next two sets.
The American’s first serve capitulated poorly, winning just 55% of the points, although Mannarino won 25 of the 27 points on first serve in those two sets.
Can Mannarino dish out something similar to the Aussie now?
de Minaur v Mannarino prediction and tip
While De Minaur starts as a 1/5 favourite, we believe Mannarino’s experience and struggle should help him stay in contention and even win a set.
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