Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs. Damir Dzumhur - 2020 Cologne Championships First Round
Tuesday October 20th, 2020 / 8:00am EST
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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain faces Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia in the First Round of the 2020 Cologne Championships / Bett1Hulks Championships in Cologne, Germany. The match will take place on Tuesday October 20th, 2020 at 8:00am EST. This is a match between one player on the upward trajectory and the other on a slow decline. Who will win and advance to the Round of 16?
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina has been impressive this season and is ranked a career high #64. He is entering this tournament in top form, having reached the Semi-Finals here last week at the Cologne Open, narrowly losing to eventual Champion Alexander Zverev in two tight sets. He seems be supremely confident in his abilities to play at this level and will be backing himself to have another great week here in Germany. He has powerful groundstrokes and is known for his ability to change the game up using different pace, slices and drop shots to unsettle his opponents.
His opponent Damir Dzumhur is currently ranked #114 which is a far cry from his career high #23. He has three career ATP titles and is still a good player despite his low ranking. He has had a miserable year so far but performed well in Challenger events recently and during the Qualifying Rounds here in Cologne. He will be confident that he can use his experience to overcome the youngster. He has a very good baseline game but his once powerful groundstrokes are declining as he gets older. It remains to be seen if he has enough left in the tank to keep up with the young Spaniard.
I am going to pick Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to win this match. He is in great form at the moment and is clearly very comfortable playing at this venue on these courts. Dzumhur has the game to keep it close but count on the young gun to eventually pull away. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to win.