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May 26, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
Albert Ramos-Vinolas (3) meets Norbert Gombos (LL) in the second round of the 2021 Parma Open on Wednesday, 26th May 2021.
Will Albert Ramos-Vinolas be able to continue performing strongly on clay in 2021, or will Norbert Gombos be able to shock everyone and cause an upset against a much more in form player?
Norbert Gombos came through a tight match against Emil Ruusuvuori in the first round, beating him 7-6/5-7/6-3. Both players could have won that match, however, Gombos was able to show more composure in the third set. Norbert Gombos is not a consistent player and he will have to raise his level drastically here if he wants to now beat a very experienced and in form player this year in Albert Ramos-Vinolas. However, I am not sure whether he will be able to get some more wins under his belt before the French Open in less than a week.
Albert Ramos-Vinolas will be looking to back up his Marbella Open title win a few weeks back by going far here at the 2021 Parma Open. Albert Ramos-Vinolas is a very experienced clay court player and he will come out here ready to dominate here and give himself a good shot at winning his second title of the season. Albert Ramos-Vinolas will be very happy with this side of the draw, knowing that he can easily make his way to the final if he is playing his best tennis, but he still needs to keep his level up.
This is going to be the 2nd meeting between both players, with Albert Ramos-Vinolas having won their prior encounter. They met earlier in the season in a tight match on clay. Although they thought until the end in that match and both players could have won it, I see Albert being able to dominate this match slightly more. It is always hard to predict the sets for opponents of this calibre in the early rounds of a tournament, therefore I will predict for Albert Ramos-Vinolas to win here and to make his way to the quarter finals here in Parma.