Second seed David Goffin will face 20-year old Spaniard Nicola Kuhn in the Round of the 16 clash at the ATP Antalya Open 2021. Goffin is the heavy favorite to win this contest, but Kuhn may pull off an upset to book his place in the quarterfinals.
- Date: 9th January, 2021
- Tournament: ATP Antalya Open 2021
- Fixture: Nicola Kuhn vs David Goffin
- Venue: Antalya, Turkey
- Category: ATP 250
- Round: Round of 16(Second round)
- Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
- Prize money: €361,800
Nicola Kuhn vs David Goffin: Match Preview
World No.15, David Goffin enters his match after his three-setter win against Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France. Goffin had to labor past Herbert 6-3, 5-7, 0-6. Despite a far superior ranking and experience, Goffin was puzzled by 29-year-old Herbert. Before his appearance at Antalya, Goffin had played at the Paris Masters 2020, where he bowed out at the Round of 32 stage, against World No.88 Norbert Gombos in straight sets.
Nicola Kuhn, who replaced South African Lloyd Harris at this tournament, also played a three-setter in his Round of 32 match against German Matthias Bachinger. However, the German walked out in the third set, handing Kuhn the win. The final score of that match was 6-2, 2-6, 1-4. This win will give the young Spaniard a crucial boost as he looks to take on Veteran Goffin.
Nicola Kuhn vs David Goffin: Head-to-Head
Goffin and Kuhn have never faced each other on court before. Their clash in Turkey will decide who leads the head-to-head amongst the duo.
Nicola Kuhn vs David Goffin: Match Prediction
David Goffin is a clear favorite to win this match. The far superior experience and ranking will surely be an advantage for the Belgian. However, his recent struggles on the court might just provide a window of opportunity to Kuhn. Difficulty in dislodging Herbert in the Round of 32 and previous struggles in the competitions in 2020 should be a concern for the Belgian.
However, it is not at all a bad news for Goffin. His opponent Kuhn is inexperienced and has also struggled in overcoming his previous match’s opponent. In this battle of average forms, Goffin will make it through to the quarterfinals.
Match prediction: David Goffin to win this match in straight sets.