Cologne Open : Radu Albot vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert - 10/12/20 Tennis Prediction
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Radu Albot vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert - 2020 Cologne Open First Round
Monday October 12th, 2020
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Radu Albot of Romania faces Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the First Round of the 2020 Cologne Open. The match will be played on Monday October 12th, 2020. Albot leads the head to head 1 game to 0, beating Herbert easily in their only career meeting two years ago. They are actually only one spot apart in the ATP rankings (#78 and #79) so in theory this should be a close encounter.
Radu Albot has been having a miserable year so far. His win-loss record stands at 2-12 and at World Number 79 is a far cry from his career best ranking of #39. Albot is a consistent player but lacks any real weapons. His main strength is his superb court coverage but these fast indoor courts are not well-suited to his game. He will have to be at his absolute best against the net rushing Frenchman to have any chance of victory in this match.
His opponent Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France has also not had a great season but his 2020 results include a semifinal run in Marseille, on indoor courts. He has shown flashes of his improved game during 2020 but this has not always translated into deep runs at tournaments. He will surely be fancying his chances against Albot however, as these courts suit his serve and volley game perfectly. He has a good serve and is able to get into the net easily to close out the point so if he is on his game he will be the favorite to advance.
While both players are maddingly inconsistent, I am going to pick Pierre-Hugues Herbert to win this match. He has had the better 2020 season and the surface and conditions will be in his favor here in Cologne. I don't think it will be easy, but the Frenchman should advance here. Pierre-Hugues Herbert to win.