St. Petersburg Open: Feliciano Lopez vs. Borna Coric 10/13/20 Tennis Prediction
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Borna Coric vs. Feliciano Lopez - 2020 St Peterburg Open First Round
Tuesday, October 13 2020
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Feliciano Lopez meets Borna Coric in the first round of the 2020 St. Petersburg Open on Tuesday, September 13th 2020. Will it be the young gun or the veteran of the game to take this match by the hands and book their spot in the second round here in Russia?
Borna Coric is trying to revive his career after a couple few tough years due to injuries and lack of play. Coric is a solid player, especially on clay courts, however he is not the best on hard. he had some great matches at the US Open but eventually was not able to go past the quarterfinals when he seemed better in his match against Zverev. Coric was a finalist here last year where he was completely destroyed by Daniil Medvedev. Coric will have a tough time even to get through the first round here as he meets someone who is very solid in indoor conditions, Feliciano Lopez.
Feliciano Lopez is one of the best players in the game and although he is over 40 years old, he is still putting up tough fights in the big tournaments. Lopez loves playing on hard courts as he has a extremely big serve which allows him to win many points cheaply. Lopez will know that if he plays his best tennis he can make it to the second round here. I expect Lopez to be a bit rusty at the beginning, but eventually he will get his game in check and pose a real threat in this match.
This is going to be the third meeting between both players, with Feliciano Lopez leading the head to head 2-0. I expect this to be a tight encounter, but I have not seen enough from Coric to be confident in him. Lopez has a bigger serve and more power behind both his forehand and backhand, which will allow him to dominate the rallies. I expect Lopez to come out on top here and defeat the 2019 Finalist. This match might be 3 sets, but Feliciano Lopez should come out on top in the end.