Roberto Carballes Baena vs Norbert Gombos
July 16, 2021 9:00 am EDT
Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain will face Slovakian Norbert Gombos in the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Nordea Open held in Bastad, Sweden. The match is scheduled to take place on Friday July 16th, 2021 at a time yet to be determined.
The unseeded pair of Roberto Carballes Baena and Norbert Gombos will square off for a place in the Semi-Finals here at the 2021 Nordea Open. Both men have played some fantastic tennis so far this week and upset more fancied opponents. They are each seeking their first ATP Semi-Final of the season and will be highly motivated to do well here. Who will get the win and advance to the Semis here at the Swedish Open?
Roberto Carballes Baena is ranked #97 in the world rankings and is unseeded here at the Nordea Open. The Spaniard is very experienced as he has been on tour for a long time, but has been very inconsistent. He is capable of some very high quality tennis like his upset win over world number 12 Denis Shapovalov at the French Open, but has followed it up with some very poor performances, even on the Challenger Tour. Despite this, he has been solid here at the Nordea Open, and defeated third seed Fabio Fognini in three sets in the Round of 16. While the Italian is also inconsistent, he was a top 10 player not too long ago and is still a very difficult opponent. That win will have filled him with confidence and he enters this match as the favorite against Norbert Gombos.
Norbert Gombos is ranked #99 in the world and like his opponent Roberto Carballes Baena is unseeded here at the 2021 Nordea Open. The Slovakian has likewise been in good form here in Bastad, defeating veteran Pablo Cuevas in the First Round before stunning Emil Ruusuvuori in straight sets in the Second. Gombos is a very aggressive baseline player that tends to be very hit and miss, but he has looked solid so far here at the Nordea Open and will provide a very stern test to the Spaniard. While he is considered the slight underdog, he will like his chances of winning here.
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This is a difficult match to call, between two players in almost identical spots in the rankings, and in similarly good form. Both men have been playing well and it is difficult to separate them. All things considered, I am going with Norbert Gombos to win a tough match here. He has looked a bit more dominant than the Spaniard throughout his run here, and I think that he will have just enough quality to get a hard fought win here, and advance to the Semi-Finals here at the Nordea Open.