Jeremy Chardy vs Radu Albot - 2021 Antalya Open First Round
Friday January 8th, 2021 / 4:20am EST
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Jeremy Chardy of France faces Romanian Radu Albot in the First Round of the 2021 Antalya Open in Turkey. The match will take place on Friday January 8th, 2021 and will be an interesting encounter between two veterans of the ATP Tour. Chardy leads the head to head 3-0 but the pair have not played since the 2017 season. Who will win and start the season with a bang?
Jeremy Chardy is 33 years old and is currently ranked 72. He will likely be rusty as he only played seven matches last season, winning just two of them. He was once ranked as high as number 25 but has not won a ATP Tour level match for almost a year, so he will be extremely motivated to get back into form here. Unfortunately, he seems well past his best and has struggled for the past few years. He has slowed down considerably but is a very smart and crafty player who will need to use every trick in the book to unsettle his opponent.
Similarly, Albot has struggled for much of the past two years. Ranked #85, which is a far cry from his career high of #39 a few short years ago, Albot will be eager to go on a deep run here to start the year. It is a surprise to see him here in Antalya, as he won his only ATP title in Delray Beach which is also being played this week. Albot is younger than his opponent and is still elite in his court coverage, making up for what he lacks in height and power. He is the definition of a grinder who certainly won't go down without a fight. After a mostly miserable 2020 season, he ended it on a high in Sofia, reaching the Quarterfinals, knocking out Denis Shapovalov. He will be looking to carry that momentum into 2021
This is a tough match to call as both players have been in terrible form recently. With that being said, Albot seemingly has an extra gear that Chardy does not at this stage in his career and I give him the edge. Radu Albot to win a close encounter.