TennisSection previews the 2021 Antwerp Open as Cristian Garin takes on Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the Round of 16 on Wednesday, October 20th, 2021.
Which of these two clay-court loving players will come through and get themselves into the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Antwerp Open? Will it be the Spaniard, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, or the Chilean, Cristian Garin, to show us the superior tennis in this Round of 16 match?
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina cruised through his opening round match, beating the Australian, Jordan Thompson, in straight sets 6-3/6-3. Alejandro is a great player with a great return game, but he will know that he is going to struggle to go far in big tournaments for the remainder of the season as we are now competing on indoor hard courts. Alejandro likes to play long and draining tennis, but he will have to focus more on hitting winners here at the 2021 Antwerp Open if he is to come through some tight matches against the likes of Cristian Garin.
Cristian Garin has struggled a lot recently on hard court conditions, going 2-4 throughout the North American hard court season and he will know that things are only going to get tougher if he doesn’t find some momentum here on indoor hard courts. Cristian Garin is a solid player with a good all round game, but similarly to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, he is mainly focused on clay courts. Garin can definitely compete and play some amazing tennis, but he will be on a back foot here I believe as he is less of an aggressor than Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in these indoor hard court conditions here at the 2021 Antwerp Open.
Cristian Garin and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina have met 1 time before, with Cristian Garin leading the head to head 1-0. They met last year in clay court conditions where Garin won in 3 sets. If this was on clay, I would sway the way of Garin. However, as we are on indoor hard courts, I think that Alejandro has a big more strength and ability to come up and try and hit winners. Garin can keep things close, but I think that Alejandro will come out here and get revenge and even up the head to head as he makes his way to the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Antwerp Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to Win.
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