Taylor Fritz vs Alexander Bublik - 2021 Miami Open Round of 16
Tuesday March 30th, 2021 / 12:20pm EST
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American Taylor Fritz (22) faces Alexander Bublik (32) of Kazakhstan in the Round of 16 at the 2021 Miami Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Tuesday March 30th, 2021 at approximately 12:20pm EST.
This is set to be an exciting match between two very talented players. Both men have very aggressive baseline games and will put on a show for the limited fans. Will it be Taylor Fritz getting the win at home and advancing to the Quarter-Finals? Or will the unpredictable Alexander Bublik spoil the party?
Taylor Fritz is currently ranked #32 in the ATP world rankings and has been considered a top prospect for some years now. Possessing a huge serve and forehand, he has had a solid career so far but it still searching for that big breakthrough win to assert himself in the top tier of the rankings. He has been in decent form so far here at the 2021 Miami Open, defeating Marcos Giron in straight sets in the Second Round and Cameron Norrie in the Third Round. The match with Norrie was a battle, with the young American needing three sets to advance. His normally reliable serve let him down at times during that match and it will have to be much improved here against the talented Alexander Bublik.
Alexander Bublik is one of the most talented yet unpredictable players on the ATP Tour. He has a very unique game, equally adept at power hitting from the baseline as he is in drop shots and underarm serves. Seeded #32 here at the 2021 Miami Open, he is yet to drop a set with victories over Laslo Djere and James Duckworth to reach this stage. While he has advanced comfortably, he is yet to be truly tested and Taylor Fritz is sure to provide a stiff challenge. He has started 2021 strongly, and has matured greatly as a player. If he is fully focused here he should be considered the favorite here, but it is impossible to know what version will show up.
This is a very tough match to predict but I am going with Alexander Bublik. He is a very talented player, capable of beating the very best. Usually when he loses, it is due to lapses in focus or losing his temper, but he has largely kept that under control this season. Taylor Fritz is capable of getting the win here and will definitely keep it close, but Bublik has that extra gear that he can call upon when needed. Three sets is a possibility, but expect Alexander Bublik to get the win here and advance to the Quarter-Finals here at the 2021 Miami Open.