TennisSection previews the 2021 Acapulco Open as Felix Auger-Aliassime (7) meets Sebastian Korda in the Round of 16 on Wednesday March 17th, 2021.
This is shaping up to be a very exciting Round of 16 match between two of the brightest young talents on the ATP Tour. They both have been tipped for big things from a very young age, and have started the year on a positive note. While Felix Auger-Aliassime has a lot more experience than his younger opponent, Sebastian Korda has been making waves on the ATP Tour lately, and has seen a huge jump in the rankings. This is perhaps the pick of the Round of 16 matches here at the 2021 Acapulco Open in Mexico and is sure to be an entertaining one. Who will win and advance to the Quarter-Finals?
Felix Auger-Aliassime is currently ranked #18 in the world, and has been touted as a future top 5 player from the time he burst onto the ATP Tour as a 15 year old phenom. He has enjoyed a lot of success in his sort career thus far, reaching seven ATP Finals, however is still waiting for his first breakthrough title. Armed with a huge serve and explosive baseline game, he can be very hard to deal with when in full form, however he can struggle with consistency at times. He was impressive in his First Round win over Tennys Sandgren, winning 6-3, 7-6. The young Canadian served very well, not allowing Sandgren to get into a rhythm. He enters this match against Sebastian Korda as the favorite, and his experience will put him in a good position to advance here at the 2021 Acapulco Open.
His opponent Sebastian Korda is a 20 year old American who has been having his breakout season in 2021. Ranked outside the top 200 a year ago, he now finds himself at #88. Korda has won two Challenger Titles this year and reached his maiden ATP Final at the Delray Beach Open in January, losing to Hubert Hurkacz. Like Felix Auger-Aliassime, he possesses a big serve and powerful groundstrokes, dominating players from the baseline with his aggressive brand of tennis. He is playing fantastic tennis at the moment, upsetting Marin Cilic in the First Round and is full of confidence heading into the Round of 16 here at the 2021 Acapulco Open.
The two young stars have never played each other on the ATP Tour, and their head to head record stands at 0-0. All signs are pointing to this being a very entertaining match between two future top 10 players. They both have a very aggressive game, and this match will be full of flashy shot making and big serving. In their current form, there is not much to separate the two players but I am going with Felix Auger-Aliassime to win this match. He has a lot more experience at this level, and this will likely be the difference here. Expect Sebastian Korda to put up a huge effort and make it a close contest, but ultimately fall short. Felix Auger-Aliassime will win here and advance to the Quarter-Finals at the 2021 Acapulco Open.
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