Radu Albot vs. Tommy Paul - 2020 Astana Open Second Round
Wednesday, October 28th 2020
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Tommy Paul meets Radu Albot in the second round of the 2020 Astana Open in what is going to be a very interesting encounter between two completely different types of player. Will it be the agile Radu Albot or the big swinging and young American Tommy Paul to come through here on Wednesday, October 28th 2020?
Tommy Paul came through a very easy first round encounter against Stefano Travaglia winning in straight sets 7-6/6-3. Paul has been continuously improving this year and he will definitely be climbing up the rankings if he continues to improve his game. Paul has a big serve and a big forehand which allow him to push his opponents far back on the court. I expect Paul to be very confident coming into this second round match as he has a lot of experience playing on these types of courts and perhaps he can go far here if he puts his all into his matches.
Radu Albot had a very tight first round encounter in the first round beating Dmitry Popko in 3 sets. Albot has to fight for every single point in matches as he is a very short player who does not have a big serve of a big forehand and relies a lot on his movement and his ability to defend. Albot will have to ensure he is on top of his game here if he is to come through this second round match as he knows that Tommy Paul is not going to give up anything easily as well.
This is going to be the first meeting between both players and it is going to be a one-way match in my opinion. Radu Albot can move you around and make life hard for you, but when he is serving, if you are able to return the serve, it is easy pickings as he is not the biggest player. Tommy Paul has a big serve and a big forehand which allow him to move his opponents around and he will be able to use this to control this match and book his spot in the quarterfinals.