Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs Tommy Paul
January 19, 2023 3:00 am EDT
The Line: Alejandro Davidovich Fokina +150 / Tommy Paul -188
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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina will meet Tommy Paul in the Second Round of the 2023 Australian Open. The match will be played on Thursday January 19th, 2023.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is ranked 32nd on the ATP Tour and is the 30th seed here at the 2023 Australian Open. The young Spaniard is one of the most talented young players on the tour, and has had some solid results over the past few seasons. He had a strong start to the season, reaching the Quarter-Finals in Adelaide, and continued the momentum by defeating the dangerous Alexander Bublik in the First Round in a five set thriller. Their match was one of the best in the First Round, and the Spaniard was at his battling best, using his versatility to overcome a tricky draw. He has yet another tough opponent in the Second Round as he will face Tommy Paul, and he will have to be at his best to advance here.
Tommy Paul is unseeded here at the 2023 Australian Open and is ranked #35th on the ATP Tour. The American had the best season of his career in 2022, and will look to have a solid showing here in Melbourne. He defeated Jan-Lennard Struff in the First Round with a stunning performance, hitting 28 winners to just 8 unforced errors, dominating the match from the baseline. He also served well, serving over 20 aces in the match. If he can keep this up, especially the serving, he has a serious chance of defeating Fokina here.
I am expecting a fierce battle here, one that is likely to go the distance. The two men are evenly matched, and this encounter will be full of thrilling rallies and tremendous shot-making. The both have almost an even chance of winning this match, but we are going with Alejandro Davidovich Fokina here. He is one of the best fighters around, and wills himself to win at times. It won’t be easy, but he feeds off the crowd and has just that little edge that he needs to win here. Davidovich Fokina over Paul, in five.