TennisSection previews the 2021 Astana Open as Filip Krajinovic (4) takes on James Duckworth in the Round of 16 on Thursday, September 23rd, 2021.
Will Filip Krajinovic move on? Will James Duckworth cause the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we will see if Krajinovic can show some of that best tennis that we know he has in him to get a strong start here at the Astana Open. Who will move on to the quarterfinals at the 2021 Astana Open?
Filip Krajinovic has been playing pretty good tennis this year, getting a couple big wins over top players. When he’s on, he can hit winners from anywhere on the court, while I doubt that’s the way he will need to play against James Duckworth, the fact doesn’t change that he’s been playing pretty solid this year, and I think he’ll get a nice, easy win to kick off his campaign here at the 2021 Astana Open. As long as he is able to keep up the light aggression, then Duckworth will feel pressured and Krajinovic will for the most part be able to keep him back and finish points pretty easily, let’s see if he can do that and show that he’s a contender for the title.
James Duckworth played a pretty solid match to set up this meeting against the fourth seed in Filip Krajinovic. Despite that, his chances look to be slim, Krajinovic is a pretty consistent player, and Duckworth has not had the best of results this year, so I don’t think he has much of a shot. In his first match, he backed up his serve well, but he didn’t make too many of them, serving at only 59%, it won’t be enough to take out Krajinovic, who will most likely amp up the aggression on a lot of second serves that he gets, and he’ll most likely close in pretty well on those opportunities, let’s see if Duckworth can push Krajinovic at all as the two will fight for a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Astana Open.
Filip Krajinovic and James Duckworth have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. Both players play a relatively similar game, both of them have versatile games with no one big weapon standing out from the rest of them, but Krajinovic just simply has better shots. He can rip groundstrokes from the back of the court and has great accuracy, so I just feel like he’ll be able to turn most of the points in his favor, and take out Duckworth in a rather straightforward fashion to get the win and head through to the quarterfinals at the 2021 Astana Open, let’s see if he has the level to be a contender to win the title.
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