World number 47 Albert Ramos-Vinolas will be up against Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Andalucia Open on Friday, April 9. Get the live streaming options of this Albert Ramos-Vinolas v Norbert Gombos match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Albert Ramos-Vinolas v Norbert Gombos Head to Head
Their only previous meeting came in the qualifiers of the 2014 Munich Open, a tournament also played on clay and Ramos-Vinolas had won that match in three, gruelling sets.
Ramos-Vinolas Stretched But Comes Through
While Ramos-Vinolas was a heavy favourite coming into his second round match against Ricardas Berankis, he did drop a set before coming through to the last eight stage.
Following a bye in the first round, the Spaniard added another win to his solid performance on clay this season with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory over his Lithuanian opponent. The match lasted two hours and 13 minutes and saw Ramos-Vinolas getting broken just once in the entire encounter while he got the better of his opponent’s serve on three separate occasions.
Ramos-Vinolas has come into this tournament having made it to the final of the Cordoba Open and the semifinal at Buenos Aires, having beaten Diego Schwartzman in one of the competitions.
While he would have thought a straight-set win looked par for the course in his opener here, it was his experience and ability to dig that saw him through. Something that can be expected yet again in this last-eight encounter against a player who has never gotten a world ranking better than 80th.
Gombos Sends Out Another Argentine
After having gotten the better of Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero in the first round, Gombos got the better of another one, overcoming Federico Delbonis in an energy-sapping encounter. The match lasted three hours and 23 minutes and Gombos won 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1).
Gombos was off to a flier with a couple of breaks under his belt allowing him to take a 3-0 lead but Delbonis retaliated back with two of his own in the fourth and eighth game of the opening set. And just when the match looked like it was heading into a tie-breaker, the Argentine broke his opponent yet again in the 12th game to clinch the set.
And when Delbonis then went 2-0 up on his own in the second set, it looked like Gombos was headed out.
The Slovak broke back twice in return, got broken once while doing that and at 5-5 the two exchanged a pair of breaks yet again to push the set into a tie-breaker. Gombos converted a 3-3 scoreline to win it 7-4.
The third set saw the pair lose their serves once apiece and while Gombos missed a match-point on his opponent’s serve at 6-5, he converted the tie-breaker with ease to seal his first back to back wins of the season.
Ramos-Vinolas v Gombos Prediction and Tip
Ramos-Vinolas is 4/11 to win this and we back him to get there especially given the exhausting match Gombos has had to play to get past his second round opponent.
Tip: Ramos-Vinolas to win in straight sets: 10/11 (bet365)