Tennys Sandgren vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert - 2020 Cologne Championships First Round
Tuesday October 20th, 2020 / 9:20am EST
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American Tennys Sandgren faces Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France in the First Round of the 2020 Cologne Championships / Bett1Hulk Championships in Cologne, Germany. The match will take place on Tuesday October 20th, 2020. They have never faced each other before and both men will be highly motivated to finish the year on a high note.
Tennys Sandgren had good start to the year but his form has been poor during the clay court swing. After an impressive First Round win over Hurkacz at Roland Garros he lost in the First round of St. Petersburg and will want to get back to winning ways this week. He will be relieved to get back onto his more familiar hard courts and will be hoping for a good week here in Germany. He is currently ranked #48 and will be hoping to break into the top 40 for the first time before the end of the year. Sandgren possesses a huge serve and will be looking to that for free points as his opponent struggles with his return game. If the American is serving well then he can be very difficult to beat on this surface.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert is currently ranked #82 but was ranked in the top 40 as recently as last year. He lost in the First Round last week in Cologne but won the doubles event. He also was impressive this week in the qualifying event for the second Cologne Tournament, easily dispatching Nagal and Molleker for the loss of just seven games. He is most dangerous when he is attacking the net and he will have to do this to put pressure on Sandgren and have a chance of winning this match.
I expect this to be a close match with the Frenchman winning in three sets. He played very well during the qualifying and will look to keep that form up. He is a great server and volleyer and I expect him to use that tactic to win this match. From what I have seen of the American he does not like to be rushed and the Frenchman can be relentless when constantly attacking the net. Pierre-Hugues Herbert to win and advance to the Second Round here in Cologne.