Andrey Rublev vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina - 2020 French Open Second Round
Thursday October 1st, 2020
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Andrey Rublev who is one of the favorites for this year's French Open takes on the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in what is sure to be an entertaining second round battle. They had different paths to get here, with Davidovich Fokina cruising in straight sets while Rublev surprisingly needed five sets to get past Sam Querrey.
Rublev has been having a fantastic season, most notably winning his first career ATP-500 Title on the clay in Hamburg last week. He is in some serious form but one has to wonder how much he has left in the tank after a quarterfinal run at the US Open, the title run in Hamburg and that grueling match with Querrey where he was down two sets to love. Fatigue will surely be a factor here so it will be interesting to see how he approaches his matches here. He is one of the hardest working and explosive players on tour so you can be sure that he will not back down from a challenge regardless of how tired he is.
His opponent, the young Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain is a very talented player who has had some good results lately, rising in the rankings to a career high number 69. He made a surprising run to the round of 16 at the US Open, showing that he is not one to be taken lightly. He is a good clay court player and regularly changes his playing style to unsettle his opponents. However he will have to play the match of his life to win this match against one of the current top players in the world.
I expect that Andrey Rublev will win this match. The outcome will definitely depend on how much he has left in the tank after an intense few weeks but he is playing such good tennis that it is hard to see him losing so early against an inexperienced opponent. Davidovich does not have a huge weapon like Querrey to be able to get free points so he will struggle to win points against the Russian and his huge game. Rublev should win here in four sets.