TennisSection previews the 2021 Wimbledon Championships as Dan Evans  faces Sebastian Korda in the Round of 32 on Friday, July 2nd 2021.
Will Dan Evans please his home crowd and make it through? Will Sebastian Korda make a name for himself and tie his best grand slam result? Friday’s match will make for a great one, as both players are in good form on the grass and should fight hard. Who will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships?
Dan Evans is coming into this match with the entire crowd on his side and two very convincing wins in the first two rounds over great players. He’s been solid on serve, especially in the first match, but I feel that in the second match he dropped too much, from 68% to 59%. Korda is someone who will absolutely play super aggressively and he’ll punish Evans’ second service. Dan needs to get that sorted out and he’ll need to make sure to stay solid on serve. I think that Korda is the slight favorite going into this match despite the ranking and what some people may believe, and we’ll get to that in a bit. However, Evans isn’t that far behind, and he can absolutely win the match, Korda is relatively one dimensional at this early stage of his career right now, and Evans is someone who can throw him off his pace with the type of game that he has, lots of slices, nice touch, and a good net game should all help him out. The question is if Korda’s power game will be too much to handle for him.
Sebastian Korda is coming into this match with loads of confidence, having taken out Alex De Minaur in the first round who just won a grass court tournament right before. He also displayed brilliant play on grass in Halle the week before that. I think he’s the slight favorite in the match due to his aggressive nature, I have concerns that Dan will end up playing too passively, and will allow his slice and second serves to get bullied by Sebastian too much. One huge red flag for Korda, though, is his break point conversion rate. Converting 6/23 and 4/19 in both of his matches. This is an insanely low break point conversion rate, while Korda has almost everything going for him, if he doesn’t jump on his opportunities which he will undoubtedly get from Evans, he will probably lose. Still, I think for the most part of the match, Korda will overpower Dan, while Evans has a perfect game to counter a player like Novak Djokovic, I don’t expect him to throw Sebastian off.
Dan Evans and Sebastian Korda have never played before, with this being their first career meeting. This is a little unfortunate, as a match they played before could have helped us determine if they didn’t like each other’s styles. I expect for Korda to trouble Evans just because of that extremely powerful game he has, and I think he’ll just be too much of a force for Dan, however, we could see him get finessed by Evans, and perhaps a brit will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships after all.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Sebastian Korda in 4 sets.
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