Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs. Ilya Ivashka - 2021 Andalucia Open Round of 16
Thursday April 8th, 2021 / 6:00am EST
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Fifth seeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain will face Ilya Ivashka in the Round of 16 at the 2021 Andalucia Open in Marbella, Spain. The match is scheduled to be played on Thursday April 8th, 2021 at approximately 6:00am EST.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is currently ranked #56 in the ATP world rankings and is considered one of the top young players in world tennis today. He enters this match in decent form, having some consistent results in 2021 without winning any titles. He is a very powerful baseline player, but his main strength is in his variety, being able to hit any shot in the book and not allowing opponents to settle. The Spaniard wasn't at his best during his First Round win over Damir Dzumhur, dropping the first set in a tiebreaker before regrouping well to win the next two sets comfortable. He enters this match as the heavy favorite and is expected to advance to the Quarter-Finals here at the 2021 Andalucia Open.
Ilya Ivashka is currently ranked #116 in the world and currently spends most of his time on the ATP Challenger Tour. He will be hoping for a strong run here to break back into the top 100, having a career-high ranking of #80. He was impressive in his First Round win over Pedro Martinez, winning in straight sets. A very solid baseline player, he has a very strong forehand and moves very well. Despite his good recent form, he enters this match as the clear underdog, and will have to play a fantastic match to even keep this close. While he is a good player, he does not have the weapons needed to beat a top quality player like Davidovich Fokina and faces an uphill battle here.
This match will have only one outcome, and that is a straight sets win for Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. He is likely to dominate Ivashka from the baseline with his powerful groundstrokes and varied game, and should cruise to victory here. Expect the Spaniard to win here and advance to the Quarter-Finals here in Marbella without much trouble.