Fourth seed Alex de Minaur and Bulgarian youngster Adrian Andreev will face off against each other in the Round of 16 at the ATP Antalya Open 2021. Both the player qualified for this round with relative ease, blowing past their opponents in straight sets in the Round of 32.
- Date: 9th January, 2021
- Tournament: Antalya Open 2021
- Fixture: Adrian Andreev vs Alex de Minaur
- Venue: Antalya, Turkey
- Category: ATP 250
- Round: Round of 16(Second round)
- Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
- Prize money: €361,800
Adrian Andreev vs Alex de Minaur: Match Preview
In a clash of young bloods, 21-year-old de Minaur enters the match after trouncing Tunisian Marek Jaziri in the round of 32, 2-6, 1-6. While 20-year old Andreev beat his round of 32 opponent Marsel Ilhan of Turkey in a similar fashion, 6-4, 6-3. Andreev also played two qualifiers in this tournament, defeating his rivals in straight sets on both occasions.
This will be de Minaur’s second match of the year. The Australian enters this competition after his quarterfinals appearance at the Sofia Open. Eventual champion Jannik Sinner beat de Minaur in a three-setter at Sofia. World No.23 will be high in confidence after a statement win against Jaziri in his previous match.
Adrian Andreev vs Alex de Minaur: Head-to-Head
This will de Minaur and Andreev’s first meeting in tennis. Both have never played against each other before, and will look to get an upper hand in the head-to-head when they clash at Antalya, Turkey.
Adrian Andreev vs Alex de Minaur: Match Prediction
This will be a close contest. Adrian Andreev will be riding a good form. He hasn’t dropped a set in his three matches in the competition. He performed fabulously at his last three tournaments. He was the semifinalist at the ITF Spain F24 Futures, and the runner-up at the M15 Heraklion 13A and the M15 Heraklion 12A, both in Greece. This kind of momentum will surely help the Bulgarian in his match against a tough adversary in the form of de Minaur.
But it is going to be extremely tough for Andreev in this match. De Minaur is a quick player, who can deploy his backhand to thwart any of his opponents. On the top of that, he is a seasoned campaigner, despite his young age. His performance against Jaziri looked like a cake-walk, and he will most likely repeat that form against Andreev.
Despite a valiant effort from Andreev, de Minaur will win this match and qualify for the quarterfinals of the Antalya Open.
Match Prediction: De Minaur to win this match in straight sets.