Cipolla hit a career high of #70 earlier this year but has struggled for form lately, with just four wins in the last four months. He has a 12-19 record this year.
In the absence of a H2H, and with Bev presumably asleep at this hour, here's his last six tournaments:
Bev lives in NZ so should be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed just now! Tried sending her a PM but got told her inbox is full.
Anyway thanks MH for providing that info for the H2H.
Cipolla is a very good first round for Andy but then again, if he wins, there's trouble waiting just for him. Andy needs to sort Raonic out, no doubt but I am just not sure if it's the right time. That's all.
Cipolla (a qualifier) should be a good first match, but it all depends how Andy copes with playing in the hottest part of the day whilst getting over jetlag, given that Cipolla might well play high risk tennis since he has nothing to lose. Playing Raonic would certainly not be easy, especially if his serve is firing. He'll also have the added advantage of a home crowd to boost him. But let's not get ahead of things and take one match at a time.