2018 Geneva Open champion Marton Fucsovics, ranked 44th in the world, will face World No. 150 Henri Laaksonen in the first round of the 2021 Geneva Open on Tuesday, May 18. Get the live streaming options of this Marton Fucsovics v Henri Laaksonen match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Marton Fucsovics v Henri Laaksonen Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the two 29-year-olds.
Fucsovics Looking To Recapture Early Season Form
Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics comes into the tournament with a 14-8 record in 2021.
The World No. 44, who won two marathon matches against Marc Polmans and Stan Wawrinka before bowing out to Milos Raonic in the third round of the Australian Open, reached a third career final in Rotterdam this year.
Playing as a qualifier, the Hungarian needed just one three-setter in the entire tournament (against Reilly Opelka) as he reached the final in Rotterdam without much difficulty. He defeated Tommy Paul in the quarterfinal and Borna Coric in the final four, however, a second title remained elusive as the Hungarian went down to Russia’s Andrey Rublev 6-7, 4-6 in the ATP 500 final.
Fucsovics, was to meet Rublev again in the quarterfinals in Doha, but the Hungarian withdrew from the match without taking the court. However, there were two more meetings between the Russian and the Hungarian, with Rublev winning both of them.
Rublev ousted Fucsovics in the last eight in Dubai and then in the second round in Miami.
Fucsovics had reached the quarterfinals in Dubai by beating higher-ranked players in Pablo Carreno Busta and Dusan Lajovic in the initial rounds. He had also beaten Lajovic en route to the Doha quarterfinals.
The Hungarian has, however, cooled off after the hot start. Ever since the Dubai quarterfinal, Fucsovics is 2-4 from four tournaments and 1-3 in the clay season, making first round exits in Monte-Carlo and Madrid and a second round exit in Rome last week. He defeated Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round of the Rome Masters, but fell to Dominic Thiem in the next round.
Fucsovics’ only title came in Geneva in 2018, where the 29-year-old right-hander defeated Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk in the final.
Laaksonen 0-3 in Main Draws in 2021
Facing Fucsovics in the first round will be Finnish-born Swiss player Henri Laaksonen.
Ranked 150th in the world, the 29-year-old right-hander comes into the tournament with a 0-3 record in the main draws this year. Laaksonen, who qualified for the main draws of the Australian Open by winning all three of his qualifiers, lost to Sam Querrey in the first round of Melbourne-1 and to Salvatore Carruso in the first round of the Melbourne major.
Laaksonen then qualified for ATP 250 in Marbella, but yet again fell in the first round, losing to Jaume Munar. Since then, he has failed to go past the qualifiers in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Estoril.
Laaksonen, who has five Challenger and two Futures titles, has reached just one semifinal at the Challenger level this year.
Marton Fucsovics v Henri Laaksonen Prediction and Tip
Fucsovics is the more accomplished player and a former champion in Geneva, while Laaksonen has clearly struggled this year. Expect the former to win this with ease.