Britain's Liam Broady returns against Canada's Milos Raonic during their men's singles first round match on the first day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Tennis | ATP Miami 2021 | Liam Broady [Q] v Miomir Kecmanovic | R1 Preview & Prediction
Preview: Liam Broady v Miomir Kecmanovic | H2H: First meeting
Liam Broady will be making just his second ever main draw appearance at this level, after his run to the Miami Open second round in 2018. Since then, he hasn’t even featured in the qualifying draw of a Masters event, but now with two qualifying matches under his belt he may be feeling confident.
The Brit’s opponent, Miomir Kecmanovic first rose to fame as a promising junior. The Serb won the prestigious Orange Bowl competition in 2015, as well as being the Junior World. no 1.
Kecmanovic has already proven his credentials at this level, making the quarterfinals of Indian Wells two seasons ago. However, he is 4-5 at Masters events since that remarkable run.
The Serb plays a heavy baseline game aided tremendously by the amount of topspin he is able to generate of both wings. The 21-year-old dominates his opponents from the back of the court once allowed the necessary time to wind up on his groundstrokes.
A booming serve gives the World no. 46 a ton of free points which helps him loosen up when exchanging in rallies from the back of the court. Amidst all of his strengths, Kecmanovic doesn’t seem as comfortable in the forecourt, so this could be an area for Broady to capitalise on.
The Brit will need to take the ball early and control the points on his own terms, otherwise the match will play into the Serb’s hands. Broady hits a relatively flat, low-bouncing ball so this could frustrate Kecmanovic – who has an extreme forehand grip.
Broady has already had a decent week, defeating Federico Gaio in qualifying. The Brit is guaranteed to reach a new career high ranking of no. 152 regardless of how his next match goes. Kecmanovic hasn’t won three matches in a row since his run to his maiden title in Kitzbuhel last September although the Serb may have too much for Broady on this occasion.
Prediction: Kecmanovic in straight sets.
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