Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs. Steve Johnson - 2020 Cologne Championships Round of 16
Wednesday October 21st, 2020 / 8:00am EST
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American Steve Johnson faces the young Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the Round of 16 at the 2020 Cologne Championships. The match will take place on Wednesday October 21st, 2020. The two players have never played before and will both be confident of securing a Quarterfinal berth here in Germany.
Steve Johnson is a former top 25 player that has struggled with form and injury throughout the past few years. He has had quite a lot of success on the Challenger Tour but every time he has stepped up to the ATP Tour level events he has been poor. That being said he had an impressive win over Marin Cilic in the First Round and will be hoping to get his career back on track, having plummeted outside the top 70. He served well against Cilic and created an impressive 9 break opportunities. His serve will be a big factor against his Spanish opponent who has proven very adept at breaking serve.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is definitely a player for the future and has an outstanding year in 2020. He sits at a career high #64 and has had some impressive results most notable his run to the Round of 16 at the US Open. He is a very talented player that can change his game style easily depending on the opponent and the situation. He can be powerful, slice, mix the pace up and is very well known for his knack of drop shots. He will be full of confidence after a good showing here in Cologne last week and a clinical victory over Damiz Dzumhur in the First Round.
I expect a close battle. The pair are close in the rankings and while the Spaniard has had the better year, Johnson has much more experience and this level and has been ranked as high as #21 before. I expect lots of long rallies and good shot making, with Davidovich Fokina eventually coming out on top. His career trajectory is pointing straight up while Johnson has been regressing for some time now so I don't think he has enough left in the tank to win here. Davidovich Fokina to win and advance to the Quarterfinals here in Cologne.