TennisSection previews the 2021 Estoril Open as Ugo Humbert (3) meets Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (8) in the Quarter-finals on Friday, April 30th, 2021.
Will Alejandro Davidovich Fokina be able to cruise through another match here at the 2021 Estoril Open as he did in the Second Round? Will Ugo Humbert be able to put on another super show and make his way to the Semi-finals? Both players can win this match if they are on top of their game, but only one will make their way to the Semi-finals. Who will it be?
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina came through an easy Second Round match, beating the always tough and very experienced Frenchman easily 6-1/6-2. No one expected him to dominate that match in the way he did, and it just goes to show that Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, when confident and injury-free, is a tough beast to beat. Alejandro will now be even more confident having knocked out a player who has a lot of experience on the ATP Tour, and he will want to channel that confidence in this Quarter-final match against Ugo Humbert. How will the amazing return game of Fokina fare against the lefty game of Humbert?
Ugo Humbert came through a very tight opening match here in the Second Round of the 2021 Estoril Open, hanging on to victory against the clay-court loving Marco Cecchinato, winning in 3 sets 6-4/3-6/6-3. The real difference maker in that match was that Ugo Humbert was able to spread the court a bit more than other players would have with his lefty swing. This, as well as his ability to hit some big shots to speed up the rallies, was what allowed him to book his spot in this Quarter-final match. However, Ugo Humbert will now have to ensure he is at an even higher level against a much tougher opponent in Alejandro Davidovich Fokina who will make you work hard for every single point.
Ugo Humbert and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina have met 1 time before, with Ugo Humbert having won that encounter in straight sets 7-6/6-0. Although the match was a domination from Humbert, this match was in a Challenger event on a carpet surface. This is on clay, a surface which Alejandro Davidovich Fokina loves, and I am very sure the match result will be different. Ugo Humbert is a very solid player and all, but he struggled against Marco Cecchinato, whilst Alejandro Davidovich Fokina has shown some great strength against top experienced players this week at the 2021 Estoril Open. I expect this to be a tight match due to both players wanting to give it their best shot at the Semi-finals, but I see Alejandro Davidovich Fokina winning in the end.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to Win.