Alex De Minaur vs. Malek Jaziri - 2021 Antalya Open First Round
Thursday January 7th, 2021
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Fourth seeded Australian Alex De Minaur gets his 2021 campaign underway against Tunisian Malek Jaziri at the 2021 Antalya Open in Turkey. The match will be played on Thursday January 7th 2021 at a time yet to be disclosed. The young Aussie is much higher ranked than his 36 year old opponent and it seems like a routine match on paper, but who will come out on top?
Alex De Minaur is ranked #23 and has established himself as one of the best players in the world, and is almost guaranteed to be a top 10 player in the near future. He has enjoyed astonishing success over the past three years, coming from outside the top 200 to where he is today. He had a relatively successful 2020 although he failed to add to his collection of three ATP titles. He notably reached the Quarterfinals at the US Open and the final at the ATP event in Antwerp. He is extremely consistent from the baseline and is known to be one fastest and best movers on tour. His only weakness is the lack of a true "weapon" which is mainly why he struggles at times to beat the very best players in the world.
Malek Jaziri was once ranked in the top 50 but has since fallen to #249th. Now in the twilight of his career, he is still a dangerous opponent, especially in Turkey where he has found most of his success. These days he mainly plays at the ITF and Challenger level, with his last ATP level match being almost a year ago in Dubai. He is a strong baseline player but at his age does not have the speed and power that he once did. It is unlikely he will be able to trouble his opponent, even if he is at his best.
Alex De Minaur should win this match comfortably. He is stronger than his opponent in every area of the game and should dominate from start to finish. Jaziri will only have a small chance if his opponent displays signs of rustiness and even so I think that the Aussie will be too strong. Alex De Minaur to win in straight sets.