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Prediction for Saturday’s final at the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma

The last two ATP tour events before the French Open will conclude on Saturday, as both the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma and the Belgrade Open final will take place. In the Emilia-Romagna Open final, it will be a matchup between American Sebastian Korda and Italian Marco Cecchinato. Here is how they got to the final, and what I expect from the match on Saturday.

Sebastian Korda vs Marco Cecchinato

This will be the first career meeting between the two, as eight years separate the 20-year-old Korda and 28-year-old Cecchinato.

Sebastian Korda defeated fellow American Tommy Paul in the semi-finals 6-3, 6-3 on Friday to advance to the final. This will be Korda’s second career ATP final, reaching the Delray Beach final earlier this year, where he would lose to Hubert Hurkacz. This will be his second chance to win an ATP final and claim his first title.

Marco Cecchinato had a tougher semi-final match, where he would eventually defeat Jaume Munar in three sets after two hours and 40 minutes on court. Cecchinato will be looking to win his fourth ATP title, and his first since winning in Buenos Aires in 2019.

Korda has not dropped a set in his run to the final, and in his closest match so far, which was in the first round, only dropped seven games. I believe that Korda getting off the court in less than an hour and a half on Friday will be greatly beneficial to him in this final, as I think Cecchinato will be a lot more tired coming off of a long semi-final match. I believe Korda is playing better currently, and by the end of the match on Saturday, he will be the one lifting the trophy in Parma, capturing his first ATP title at just 20 years old.

Prediction: Sebastian Korda defeats Marco Cecchinato in straight sets