Albert Ramos-Vinolas vs Taylor Fritz - 2021 Australian Open Men's Singles First Round
Sunday February 7th, 2021 / 10:00pm EST
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American Taylor Fritz who is seeded #27 faces Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the First Round of the 2021 Australian Open. The match will be played on Sunday February 7th at a time yet to be determined. They have played once before, with Fritz winning on that occasion in 2017. Can Ramos-Vinolas even the score or will Fritz cruise into the Second Round?
Taylor Fritz is a former junior world number one and has been touted as a future superstar since he was 16 years old. Now 23 years old, he has somewhat failed to live up to those lofty expectations but is still a very good player, ranked among the top 30 players in the world. He is coming off a very poor 2020 season and will hope for a much improved 2021. He lost in the Second Round of the Murray River Open to the in-form Jeremy Chardy and will have to be much improved if he is to make a deep run here. His major weapons are his serve and big forehand and he will be using those to try to overpower his veteran opponent.
Albert Ramos-Vinolas is a veteran of the ATP Tour, 33 years old and with two ATP Titles to his name (both on clay). He has seen his ranking decline sharply in recent years and is no longer the player he once was. Currently ranked 46, he is still a very solid player but prefers to play on clay. He lacks any real weapons on this surface but plays a very solid and consistent baseline game that can be very frustrating to opponents, drawing errors out of them.
While Fritz has not been at his best over the past few months, there is little to suggest that the Spaniard can cause the upset here. He is a good player but Fritz has major weapons in his serve and forehand, and that should be enough to overpower Ramos-Vinolas. Though the veteran is certainly capable on hard courts and can keep it interesting it is difficult to see him keeping up with the young American over three sets. Taylor Fritz to win in straight sets, possibly four.