Three-time Wimbledon quarter-finalist and former World No.12 Feliciano Lopez will meet Taro Daniel of Japan in Round 1 of the Andalucia Open on Tuesday, April 6. Get the live streaming options of this Feliciano Lopez v Taro Daniel match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Feliciano Lopez v Taro Daniel Head to Head
The two players have only met once before on the ATP tour and that was back in the year 2018. Lopez won that meeting in Acapulco after coming from behind in three competitive sets.
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Lopez Hoping to Start Off Well on Clay
In spite of his past heroics on the men’s tour, Lopez has experienced a torrid time in 2021. The Spaniard, who is known for his serve and volley game, has failed to find any sort of momentum of late and that has certainly reflected in his win/loss record, which stands at a below par 2-5 for the year so far.
Lopez, who has lost four matches on the bounce, last tasted victory during the Australian Open, where he made it to the Round of 32 before losing to Andrey Rublev of Russia in straight sets. Since, winning back-to-back matches in Melbourne, the southpaw’s performance has only moved in only one direction, that is, downhill.
After his loss to Rublev, Lopez has suffered three consecutive first round exits from ATP tournaments in Marseille, Acapulco and last week in Miami. While Lopez’s defeat at the hands of former Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Marseille is understandable, his loss to Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia and Australia’s Alexei Popyrin in Acapulco and Miami respectively is a warning sign for the man, who has won seven ATP titles during the course of his career.
Those two losses in essence signify the fact that his serve and volley tactics are no more effective, not even on fast surfaces, like the hard courts found in Mexico and Florida. Moreover, at 39, Lopez is not getting any younger. Surely, he has lost a step or two and that is allowing his opponents to dictate the terms of play from the baseline.
The tenacious left-hander will be itching to regain his past form and would like to open his quest for an eighth ATP title with a comfortable win in Andalucia.
Consistent Daniel’s Won More Matches in 2021
Challenging Lopez in the opening round on Tuesday will be World No. 118 Taro Daniel, who is 8-6 in 2021.
The 28-year-old Japanese, had a dream start to the year as he came through qualifying to feature in the main draw of the Australian Open. However, he ran out of luck in the first round as he was beaten by the 156th ranked Maxime Cressy of France in three sets.
Subsequently, Daniel made it to the Round of 16 in Singapore before losing to former US Open champion Marin Cilic. But, his best run came in the tournament in Nur, where he progressed through to the semis, even earning a win over the supremely talented Denis Istomin in the process.
Last week, Daniel participated in the Marbella Challenger and results were quite impressive as he won the event, defeating Carlos Gomez-Herrera of Spain in the final.
Feliciano Lopez v Taro Daniel Prediction and Tip
A few years ago, Lopez would have been an easy pick to win this encounter. However, he has hardly won any matches this year and in addition to that, his serve and volley game doesn’t suit the surface at all. In fact, Lopez is a sitting duck on red clay and it won’t be a surprise if Daniel wins this match in straight sets.
Tip: Daniel to win: 1/2 (bet365)