ATP 500 Rotterdam Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas Vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Preview, Head to Head, and Prediction

Published 02/08/2022, 11:18 AM EST

With the top 3 players in the world, Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and Alexander Zverev choosing to sit out the Rotterdam Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas is the top seed at the tournament. In the first round, he will face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain.

Stefanos Tsitsipas Vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina: Match Preview

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Tsitsipas opened the 2022 season sub-optimally following his elbow injury and surgery. His lead up to the Australian Open was nothing to write home about. But he elevated his standard of play at the Grand Slam. He reached the semi-finals to eventually lose to Daniil Medvedev.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 20, 2022 Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in action during his second round match against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

On the other hand, his opponent, Davidovich Fokina, has not been in great form for quite some time now. He has been extremely injury prone and the start to the new season has not been ideal for him. The Spaniard lost in the first round of the Sydney Tennis Classic.

While he won his first-round match at the Australian Open, he lost in the second to Felix-Auger Aliassime. Davidovich Fokina also took part at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier, but he could not proceed beyond the first round. Hard-hitting Fokina will be looking to change his fortunes in Rotterdam.

Tsitsipas Vs Davidovich Fokina: Head to Head

Tsitsipas and Davidovich Fokina have met only once before at the 2021 Monte Carlo Masters. Though technically Tsitsipas leads the head-to-head 1-0, we must keep in mind that Fokina had to retire after the first set which he lost 7-5.

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Prediction: Tsitsipas in three sets

Considering the form that Tsitsipas has showcased so far in this season, he will be the overwhelming favourite to win the match. Even though he’s back on tour after a particularly difficult elbow injury, the way he could control and dominate most of the matches that he played at the Australian Open was pretty impressive. It leads one to believe that it is him that is going to emerge victorious.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 26, 2022 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his quarter final match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Morgan Sette TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Davidovich Fokina will need to elevate his game considerably if he wants a shot at winning. But his style is aggressive, he is quick, and is a great competitor. Given all the details, we believe Tsitsipas will get through the challenge in three sets.

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Rishma Banerjee

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Rishma Banerjee is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having done her masters in Political Science with International Relations from Jadavpur University, Rishma's outlet from the hustle-bustle of academics has always been sports, especially Tennis. A die-hard fan of Rafael Nadal, she admires his grit, determination and dedication towards always being better. When not writing content for firms dealing with fintech to social media marketing to sports, she finds herself in journals and books dealing with geopolitics and strategic studies or scrolling endlessly through Tumblr!

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