ATP Dubai Open 2021: Taylor Fritz vs Nikoloz Basilashvili – Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

Taylor Fritz will look to avenge his Doha Open semifinal loss as he faces Nikoloz Basilashvili in the second round of the Dubai Open.

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Taylor Fritz, seeded 15th at the Dubai Open will face the Georgian, Nikoloz Basilashvili in the second encounter on Tuesday. Basilashvili is coming into the tournament after an incredible run in Doha, where he lifted his fourth career title, defeating the likes of Roberto Bautista Agut and Roger Federer.

Match Details:

  • Date: 16th March 2021
  • Tournament: Dubai Open
  • Fixture: Taylor Fritz vs Nikoloz Basilashvili
  • Round: Second Round
  • Venue: Dubai
  • Category:  ATP 500
  • Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
  • Prize Money: $33,495

Taylor Fritz vs Nikoloz Basilashvili: Match Preview

Taylor Fritz
Taylor Fritz

Taylor Fritz last played at the Qatar Open 2021 where he was defeated in the semifinals by his second round opponent in Dubai, Nikoloz Basilashvili. However, the American can take several positives from his semifinal run in Doha, where he defeated the likes of David Goffin and Denis Shapovalov.

Nikoloz Basilashvili lifted the Qatar Open 2021 title on Saturday after he defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets in the final. The Georgian scored some big wins last week, which includes a quarterfinal win against Roger Federer. He will be brimming with confidence, going into the Dubai Open.

Taylor Fritz vs Nikoloz Basilashvili: Head-to-Head

Nikoloz Basilashvili
Nikoloz Basilashvili

The duo have faced against each other just once, which was last week at the Qatar Open. Basilashvili won the semifinal encounter and leads the head to head record, 1-0.

Taylor Fritz vs Nikoloz Basilashvili: Match Prediction

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Fritz will progress into the second round

Going by current form, Basilashvili is certainly the favorite to win the second round encounter on Tuesday. The Georgian exceeded all expectations last week, as he claimed his fourth career title in Doha. However, Taylor Fritz is a gritty opponent and will look forward to avenge his loss from last week. Moreover, the American is a good player on hard courts, and has a good serve to back his game. The match will be a close three set match, with Fritz coming out on top this time.

Match Prediction: Taylor Fritz to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili in three sets

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