The number five seed and world ranked 47, Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain, will play the Argentine qualifier Tomas Martin Etcheverry, ranked 234, in the second round of the 2021 ATP Cordoba Open on Thursday, February 25, with the match likely to begin at around 11 am local time. Get the live streaming options of this Albert Ramos-Vinolas v Tomas Martin Etcheverry match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Albert Ramos-Vinolas v Tomas Martin Etcheverry Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the experienced Spaniard and the Argentine qualifier, who is a novice at this level.
Ramos-Vinolas Looking to Overturn Disappointing Streak
Ramos-Vinolas is that comparative rarity on the men’s tour these days, a left-hander.
He has won two ATP titles, the Swedish Open in 2016 and the Swiss Open in 2019, both on clay, and was runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Masters in 2017.
A clay-court specialist, it is no surprise that his run to the quarter-finals at the French Open in 2016 remains his best showing in a Grand Slam event to date..
His form though, has not been the best since the resumption of tennis after the lockdown, with second round appearances at the French Open and in Sardinia the best he had to show for the balance of 2020.
That disappointing streak continued at the Australian Open where he was beaten by Taylor Fritz in four sets in the first round.
However, he had an encouraging comeback win over another local man, Juan Londero, in the first round in Cordoba. The Argentine took the first set, but gradually Ramos-Vinolas took control of the match, breaking Londero twice in the second set to level.
He surged into a 4 -1 lead in the third set, and, although Londero then broke him, he was able to break once more and served out from there.
Etcheverry’s First Time in ATP Main Draw
21-year-old Etcheverry spends his time on the ITF and Challenger tours. This is the first time that he has qualified for the main draw of a senior ATP event.
Pitted against Andrej Martin of Slovakia in the first round, his victory over the world 101 was, by extension, the biggest win of his career to date.
The Argentine claimed the first break of the match in the first set and was able to consolidate it to take the set. The second set went with serve until a marathon 11th game which saw the Argentine force six break points only for Martin to save them all.
That meant that a tie-break was needed to decide the set. Both men dropped points on their own serve, but Etcheverry was the more consistent of the two, and was able to seal the win with his second match point.
Ramos-Vinolas v Etcheverry Prediction and Tip
Although Etcheverry has nothing to lose in this match, Ramos-Vinolas is a step-up in class from the type of opponent that he normally faces. The Spaniard should have too much guile and experience for the young pretender.
Tip: Ramos-Vinolas to win in straight sets: 7/4 (bet365)