Australia’s, John Millman will be up against Spain’s, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second round of the Men’s singles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
John Millman vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina: Match Details
|Tournament||2020 Tokyo Olympics|
|Match||John Millman vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina|
|Date||July 26, 2021|
John Millman vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina: Preview
John Millman, currently ranked world number 44 made his second appearance at the Olympic games after previously representing his country at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In the first round at Rio, Millman cruised past Ricardas Berankis without losing a single game. He is the first player in Olympic tennis history to serve a bagel in both the sets. However, the Australian lost in the second round against fourth seed Kei Nishikori in straight sets despite being 2 breaks up in the first set and one break up in the second.
At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Millman faced the young Italian, Lorenzo Musetti who is ranked number 66 in the world. Millman was able to take the win in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 and close out the match in 1 hour 36 minutes. Although Musetti was not able to win a set, he gave Millman a tough fight throughout the entire match. There was just a difference of 2 points in the match with Millman winning 32 points while Musetti won 30. However, the Australian was able to convert 3 out of his 4 break points while Musetti won only 2/4.
The young Spaniard, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina who reached his career-high ranking of world number 35 last month made his Olympic debut at Tokyo. Fokina has had a great run on the ATP Tour this year. He reached his first major quarterfinal at French Open and also made a top 40 debut.
Fokina is seeded number 16 at Tokyo and faced Portugal’s Pedro Sousa in the first round. The 22-year-old got off to a great start and eased past Sousa in just 62 minutes. He got a 5-0 lead in the first set, before losing three games continuously but was then able to serve out the first set. In the second set, Fokina played incredibly well, not allowing Sousa to win even a single game. At the end of the match, Fokina won a total of 27 points with Sousa winning only 12.
John Millman vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina: Head to Head
The pair have yet to play against each other in the ATP Tour and thus, will face each other for the first time. Hence, the head-to-head record stands at 0-0.
John Millman vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina: Prediction
Millman has a lot more experience than Fokina having turned pro 13 years before the young Spaniard who joined the ATP Tour in 2019. However, Fokina’s numbers this year have been exceptional, and he has been in incredible form. Although, Fokina is more dominant on clay court, he looked very comfortable on the hard court in the first round. He has an overall win-loss record of 20-13 this year and a 5-4 record on hard court. On the other hand, Millman has an overall record of 10-16 this year and a very disappointing 1-6 on hard court.
Prediction: Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to win in three sets.