Moselle Open 2021: Nikolosz Basilashvili vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Tennis Pick and Prediction

Moselle Open 2021: Nikolosz Basilashvili vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 Moselle Open as Nikolosz Basilashvili (8) faces Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the Round of 16 on September 23rd, 2021.

An exciting match is expected as Nikolosz Basilashvili and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina lock horns for a space in the Quarter-Finals here at the 2021 Moselle Open in Metz. Both men are flashy players and neither has been at their best lately. They will be very eager to find some form here at the 2021 Moselle Open and get their seasons back on track. Who will hold their nerve, find some form and get the win here, advancing to the Quarter-Finals?

Nikolosz Basilashvili is the eighth seed here at the 2021 Moselle Open and is ranked #36 in the world. The Georgian is a former top 20 player who had a horrible year last year where he hardly won a match, but has found a bit more consistency this season. While still not back to his former self he had a decent showing at the US Open, reaching the Third Round and will be looking to build on that here. He has not had much success on this surface, but his huge and flat groundstrokes will give his opponent Alejandro Davidovich Fokina a ton of issues if he is playing well. He should be considered the slight favorite but there really isn’t much between the two and will come down to who is better on the day here at the 2021 Moselle Open.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is currently ranked #45 on the ATP Tour and is unseeded here at the 2021 Moselle Open. The young Spaniard is a very talented player but can be streaky at times, as evidenced by his current four match losing streak. He has a very dynamic game and can struggle with shot selection at times, which is usually his downfall. There is no denying his quality however, and on a good day when he is fully focused he can be a handful for even the world’s best. After a very disappointing US Open campaign he has started rather uncertainly here, being pushed to the limit by French veteran Gilles Simon before coming away with the win. He knows that he will have to be better here against Round of 16 opponent Nikolosz Basilashvili who is not likely to let him get away with what he did against Simon.

This will be the first meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, and I am expecting a highly entertaining match filled with fabulous shot making and tons of errors. Both players tend to go for broke at times, and can be quite erratic. All things considered, I am going with Basilashvili to win this match. His game is a bit better suited to this surface than his opponent Alejandro Davidovch Fokina and once he is firing he will be very difficult to stop. Davidovich Fokina certainly has the quality to win here, but given his recent form that seems unlikely. I expect it to be a tough battle, with Nikoloz Basilashvili winning and advancing to the Quarter-Finals here at the 2021 Moselle Open.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Nikolosz Basilashvili to win in 3 sets

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