Albert Ramos Viñolas vs Pierre-Hugues Herbert
|Date & Time||Thursday September 27, 2018, 2:45 PM (EDT)|
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Albert Ramos Viñolas will take on Pierre-Hugues Herbert at the 2018 ATP Shenzhen Open in China.
Albert Ramos Viñolas enters this match having won his last match in 3 sets. Albert Ramos Viñolas was exceptional at handling the big situations in that match as he managed to win 2 tiebreakers to settle the victory. Prior to this tournament, Albert Ramos Viñolas had not won a single match since July and he has been struggling with many aspects of his game. Serving has been the biggest issue for Albert Ramos Viñolas and that problem surfaced in the second round win as he had a first serve percentage of only 56%. Albert Ramos Viñolas has a decent record in China as he made the final of the Chengdu Open is 2016 but he will need to improve his serve if he wishes to win this match.
On the other side of the coin, Pierre-Hugues Herbert had a big win as he beat the number 2 seed in the second round. Pierre-Hugues Herbert served exceptionally well as he only allowed his opponent to break his serve once. It has been a good few months for Pierre-Hugues Herbert as he has done well in many tournaments. This is a relatively easy third match for Pierre-Hugues Herbert and he will hope to use his momentum from the second round to win this.
These two players have met once in the past with Pierre-Hugues Herbert winning on that occasion. That match was earlier this year in Canada.
All in all, I am going to pick Pierre-Hugues Herbert to win this match. Pierre-Hugues Herbert is in better form and seems to be playing better tennis when compared with his opponent who has struggled. With the experience of having a head-to-head win, I see Pierre-Hugues Herbert beating Albert Ramos Viñolas for the second time this year.