TennisSection previews the 2021 Rome Open as Diego Schwartzman (8) meets Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Round of 32 on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021.
Will Felix Auger-Aliassime be able to have an easier match here against Diego unlike his very tight first match against Krajinovic? Will Diego Schwartzman begin his campaign off strongly in the hopes of performing as well as he did last year here in Rome, where he beat Nadal and made his way to the Final? Both players can win this match if they are on top of their game, but only one will make their way to the Round of 16. Who will it be?
Felix Auger-Aliassime came through an extremely tight 3-set match in the Round of 64, beating Filip Krajinovic 6-3/6-7/6-4. Felix was able to maintain his composure during the tight moments, but he shouldn’t really be spending so much time on the court this early into a big tournament, against an opponent who yes is good, but is not at the same level as him. Felix Auger-Aliassime knows that he will have to step us his game throughout the rest of the tournament if he wants to be able to come through this very tough side of the draw, especially as he now meets last year’s finalist, Diego Schwartzman, in the Round of 32 of the 2021 Rome Open.
Diego Schwartzman will be looking to bounce back after a tough in the Round of 32 last week in Madrid, losing from a set up against Aslan Karatsev. Diego started that match off so strongly, but he was not able to keep the momentum going, which is necessary for him, especially against big servers. Diego Schwartzman will however be confident coming into the 2021 Rome Open as he will be very fond of last years tournament where he was able to get the biggest win of his career under his belt, beating Rafael Nadal, and making his way to the Final against Novak Djokovic. How far can the Argentine go here in Rome, especially as he faces a tough challenge straight away in Felix Auger-Aliassime?
Diego Schwartzman and Felix Auger-Aliassime have met 1 time before, with Diego Schwartzman leading the head to head 1-0. They met late last year at the Cologne 2 Open where Diego won in 3 tight sets. That was an indoor hard court event, Felix’s favourite surface, and here on clay, I think that he will use that previous win to motivate him to get the job done. Diego is the much more experienced player, and he will use his amazing return game to get FAA out of his comfort zone of quick points. This will definitely be a tight match, but Diego will win.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Diego Schwartzman to Win.