Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal will take on Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round of the ATP Barcelona Open 2021. Nagal is currently the World no.135 on the ATP rankings while Herbert is the World no.78.
- Tournament: ATP Barcelona Open 2021
- Match: Sumit Nagal vs Pierre-Hugues Herbert
- Round: First round
- Date: 19th April, 2021
- Prize Money: $9,690
- Venue: Barcelona, Spain
- Surface: Clay Court
Sumit Nagal vs Pierre-Hugues Herbert: Preview
Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert is currently ranked 78th in the world and is regarded as a doubles specialist. He has produced some good results in singles too but his form has dipped in the recent past. He hasn’t been able to get past the initial rounds of big tournaments and would like to make an impact this week.
His opponent, Sumit Nagal is ranked 135th in the world. He overcame a tough challenge from Italian World No.171 Thomas Fabbiano in the 2nd qualifier to reach the main draw of the Barcelona Open. He defeated the Italian in straights sets 7-6,6-3.
Sumit Nagal vs Pierre-Hugues Herbert: Head-to-Head
This will be the first meeting between the duo. The two will meet each other for the first time on tour and hence the H2H stands at 0-0.
Sumit Nagal vs Pierre-Hugues Herbert: Prediction
Herbert will fancy his chances considering Nagal’s ranking. The players have a massive difference in the rankings and given the Frenchman’s love or the surface, he will be high on confidence.
As for his Indian opponent, he couldn’t have hoped for a better first round draw at a ATP 500 event. He has been playing good all week and would want to capitalize on Herbert’s lack of form. Expect a tough match going down the line with Nagal edging past.
Prediction: Nagal to win in three sets.
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