Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs Lucas Pouille - 2021 Monaco Masters Round of 16
Thursday April 15th, 2021 / 5:00am EST
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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain will face Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the Round of 16 here at the 2021 Monaco Masters. The match will be played on Thursday April 15th, 2021 at 5:00am EST.
This is a fairly surprising matchup here in the Round of 16 at the Monte-Carlo Masters, with both men defeating more favored opponents on their way here. Will it be the young and flashy Spaniard advancing to the Quarter-Finals? Or can Lucas Pouille cause the upset and win here?
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is ranked #58 in the world, slightly down from his career-high of #51. He is well-known for his flashy style of tennis, utilizing slices and drop shots very effectively and not allowing his opponents to get into a rhythm. He has been impressive here so far, defeating Alex De Minaur before his huge upset win over Matteo Berrettini, and will be very tough to stop here. He enters this match as the firm favorite to make his first career Masters-1000 Quarter-Final.
Lucas Pouille is currently ranked #86 in the world and has also been impressive here this week in Monaco, defeating Guido Pella and Alexei Popyrin en route to the Round of 16. He is not the player he once was, and has spent a lot of time on the lower level events, but is very experienced and is not to be taken lightly. With his penetrating groundstrokes and tremendous movement, he can be a handful here.
While Pouille has played well here so far at the 2021 Monte-Carlo Open, he is not likely to go any further here. It is nice to have him back playing well at the big events, but he is simply not as good as his opponent at this stage of his career, and is the firm underdog here. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is considered by many to be one of the best young players on the circuit, and he will have too much firepower for the Frenchman here. Pouille is very experienced and will certainly keep it close, but expect the Spaniard to pull away and advance to the Quarter-Finals here in Monaco.