Cristian Garin vs Alex de Minaur
October 12, 2021 10:15 pm EDT
Who will win this exciting match in the Third Round of the BNP Paribas Open? Cristian Garin and Alex de Minaur are two of the best young players on the Tour and this match should be a high-quality one. Neither player has been their best this year but this is their chance to get their seasons back on track. Who will get the win and move on to the Round of 16?
Cristian Garin is best known for his success on clay, but with his big groundstrokes he can be a dangerous player on the hard surfaces as well. He has struggled a bit this year after a lot of success over the past two seasons and will be hoping to get his career back on the right path. The 13th seed lost in the Second Round of the US Open but finally found some form here at the BNP Paribas Open, defeating Ernesto Escobedo in straight sets. He served extremely well and that will have to continue against Alex de Minaur who is one of the top returners on Tour.
Alex de Minaur has been having a very poor season in 2021, winning a title early in the year in Antalya but then has mostly been disappointing since then other than a run to the Eastbourne Final. He was on a four match losing streak before this event at the BNP Paribas and would have been relieved to end that with a straight sets win over Alexandra Vukic in the Second Round. He has a difficult match against Cristian Garin, where he would possibly be favored to win if he had been playing well, but now that he has been struggling he is expected to lose here. He is very experienced and its possible that he performs well here, but it is difficult to predict that given all the poor matches that he has played recently.
This will likely be a very close match between two young but experienced players. De Minaur has had more success on this surface, but has been so bad lately that it is hard to get behind him here. Cristian Garin has also not been at his best, but looked dominant in his first match and has the firepower to hit through the Australian. It should go to three sets, but the more in-form player will win here at the BNP Paribas Open and that is Cristian Garin.