Matteo Berrettini vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina - 2021 Monaco Masters Second Round
Tuesday April 13th, 2021 / 8:30am EST
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Eighth seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini will face unseeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain in the Second Round of the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters event in Monaco. The match is scheduled to be played on Tuesday April 13th, 2021 at approximately 8:30am EST.
This is poised to be a fascinating match between two very talented young players that both play a very flashy, attacking style. Will it be the Italian superstar Berrettini advancing as expected? Or can the Spaniard cause the upset here in Monaco?
Matteo Berrettini is currently ranked #10 and is making his return to the ATP tour after sustaining an abdominal injury at the Australian Open. While he is more known for his hard court prowess, he has won two clay court titles and is a dangerous opponent here. His big serve and forehand are still tremendous weapons even on this slower surface and his experience sets him apart as the favorite to win here. Serious questions remain over his fitness as he has not played in months and some rust is to be expected.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is currently ranked #58 and is a very talented young player. What makes him so dangerous is his versatility, and his elite movement on any surface. With his unique style he makes it very difficult for his opponents to get in a rhythm, using slices and drop-shots effectively. He is also capable of playing aggressive tennis, so he will be a handful for Matteo Berrettini despite the outcome here. While he enters this match as the clear underdog, he has some clay court matches under his belt this season while the Italian doesn't, and his fitness is not in question. This is certainly a winnable match for the Spaniard here.
Despite his possible lack of fitness and expected rustiness, I am backing Matteo Berrettini to win here. He may start slowly but has the experience and the quality to eventually figure it out and should come away with the victory here, possibly in three sets. Davidovich Fokina is capable of great tennis and can win here, but his relative lack of experience in these big events could be his downfall here. Matteo Berrettini to win and advance to the Round of 16 here at the 2021 Monte-Carlo Open.