Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs Egor Gerasimov - 2021 Open Sud de France Quarter-Final
Friday February 26th / 8:20am EST
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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain faces Egor Gerasimov in a Quarter-Final battle between two unseeded players at the 2021 Open Sud de France. The match will be held on Friday February 26th, 2021 at approximately 8:20am EST. This will be the first meeting between the two players, who will win and advance to their first Semi-Final for the year?
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is an extremely talented player but struggles to produce consistent results. Currently ranked #56, he is an extremely quick mover and strikes the ball very well from both sides of the court. However, his main strength is his variety. He is well-known for his tendency to utilize the drop-shot often, and plays it extremely well. He was outstanding in his Round of 16 upset over Hubert Hurkacz, playing almost flawless tennis to come away with the straight-sets victory. It is very difficult to get into a rhythm when playing against him and if he is at his best then he is slightly favored to win this one.
Egor Gerasimov is currently ranked #83 and has had a mixed start to the year. He was destroyed at the Australian Open by surprise package Aslan Karatsev, winning only one game but has recovered nicely, with impressive straight sets victories over Andy Murray and Aljaz Bedene so far here in Montpellier. He is extremely solid from the baseline and serves well, but lacks a true weapon. His game is also not particularly suited for these fast indoor courts. However, he is not to be discounted as he seems to be confident and if he can come with the unsettling play of his opponent he will be in with a chance.
This match has the potential to be a long battle. Both of these players are playing well this week, and it really can go either way. Davidovich Fokina has been in better form of late but there really isn't much to separate the two. I am going to side with the Spaniard here. I think that he is the slightly better player at the moment and has a bit more firepower than the Belarusian. Davidovich Fokina to win in three sets.