Whilst the form of Federico Delbonis has been hit and miss, this is a great spot for him to gain some confidence against a teenager coming off the biggest week of his tennis career to date.
Whilst a player backing up in the same country doesn’t generally have the same appeal, the fact Cerundolo at 19 years of age is coming off a week where he won the title, as well as needing to qualify for the title in Cordoba meant for eight matches across nine days. Couple that with the relief that comes with winning the title, and the quick turnaround, and he looks a touch vulnerable against a big hitting veteran in Delbonis.
The month in Melbourne didn’t quite go to plan for Delbonis, with the world number 86 needing to pull out from his first round match with injury. He was the beneficiary of a Pedro Sousa ankle roll in the first set of round 1, however a lapse when serving for the second set against Facundo Bagnis cost him in a match that was more competitive than the scoreline at the end suggested. After a couple of matches back on the clay, I expect an improved output from Delbonis today.
The bigger serve and shot making from Delbonis compared to the majority of Cerundolo’s opponents last week will make it hard for the teenager on heavy legs. I am happy to back in Delbonis here to get the better of a weary Cerundolo, and will back him at the game handicap for 1.5 units.
1.5 units Delbonis -3.5 games vs Cerundolo at $1.89 at Unibet/Topsport