Feliciano Lopez vs. Taro Daniel - 2021 Andalucia Open First Round
Tuesday April 6th, 2021 / 7:20am EST
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Sixth seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain will face unseeded Japanese player Taro Daniel in the First Round of the 2021 Andalucia Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Tuesday April 6th, 2021.
Will the unseeded Taro Daniel upset the local hero here at the 2021 Andalucia Open? Or will the veteran Feliciano Lopez advance here as he seeks to win his eighth ATP Title at home here in in Marbella, Spain?
Feliciano Lopez is a veteran of the ATP Tour and is currently ranked #64. Once ranked as high as #12 in the world, he is currently in the twilight of his career at age 39. Despite his advancing age, he is still a dangerous player, with a solid serve and volley game and one of the best serves on the tour. He enters the 2021 Andalucia Open in relatively poor form, losing in the opening round of three consecutive tournaments. He will be desperate to stop that skid here at home in Spain and turn his 2021 season around.
Taro Daniel is currently ranked #117 in the ATP world rankings but has been as high as #64. He currently spends most of his time on the Challenger Tour, and will be hoping for a strong performance here to get his ranking back into the top 100 where he can enter more ATP events. He has been in decent form recently on the Challenger Tour, reaching the Quarter-Finals at the Marbella Open where he lost a tight three setter to eventual finalist Jaume Munar. While he would have been disappointed with that loss, it allowed him to get accustomed to the conditions here in Andalucia, and he will be confident heading into this match.
Despite being ranked almost 60 spots below his opponent, I am going with Taro Daniel to win this match. He seems to be in good form here in Marbella and is a stronger clay court player than Feliciano Lopez at this stage in their careers. Lopez is heavily reliant on his big serve which is not as effective on this surface and he will struggle to keep up here. I wouldn't be surprised if Taro Daniel won this match in straight sets, but expect him to win.