TennisSection previews the 2021 Austria Open as Pedro Martinez meets Jozef Kovalik in the Quarter-Finals on Thursday July 29th, 2021.
A very surprising Quarter-Final match awaits us at the 2021 Austria Open as unseeded pair Pedro Martinez and Jozef Kovalik do battle for a spot in the Semis. Both men have upset higher-ranked players to reach thus far and will be over the moon at their results so far. Who can take it one step further by advancing to their first ever Semi-Final on the ATP Tour?
Pedro Martinez is currently ranked #97 on the ATP Tour and is unseeded here at the 2021 Austria Open. The Spaniard has been quite inconsistent this season in singles while having some outstanding doubles results. He will have been delighted to have reached this stage in the tournament and now has a huge opportunity to advance to the Semi-Finals. He stunned the second seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in the Round of 16, displaying fantastic counter punching tennis and fighting abilities. After the 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 victory his confidence will be at an all-time high, and he enters this surprising Quarter-Final matchup against Jozef Kovalik as the big favorite as he is ranked almost 40 spots higher in the rankings.
Jozef Kovalik is currently ranked #131 on the ATP Tour and entered the 2021 Austria Open by coming through the Qualifying Rounds. The Slovak was impressive in the Qualis and has made the most of his opportunity by upsetting ninth seeded Jaume Munar in the First Round and then Jiri Vesely in the Round of 16 to reach his second Quarter-Final of the year after replicating the feat in Cordoba. He has been serving very well but can be erratic at times. His opponent Pedro Martinez is very consistent from the baseline with his heavy topspin groundstrokes so Kovalik could be in for a tough time here. If he is able to serve well he can stay in the match, but enters it as the big underdog.
This will be the first meeting between the two players, which is quite a surprise since they both have spent quite some time on the Challenger Tour together. This match has the makings of a very close encounter, but I am going with Pedro Martinez to get the win here. He just defeated one of the best players in the world in Roberto Bautista Agut and is playing at an extremely high level. Jozef Kovalik should not be discounted, but he has not yet faced anyone of the quality of RBA and it is hard to back him here. This will not be an easy win by any means but I expect the Spaniard to come through here, reaching the First ATP Semi-Final of his career here at the 2021 Austria Open.
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