Dan Evans of Great Britain will take on Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain in the last-16 of the 2021 Stockholm Open on Wednesday, November 9. Get the live streaming options of this Dan Evans v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Dan Evans v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Head to Head
Evans and Fokina have never been involved in a head-to-head clash before. However, with both being experienced campaigners at the top level, expect a cracker of a clash as they go head-to-head for the very first time in Stockholm on Wednesday.
Evans Searching For Form Ahead of Tricky Outing
After a decent last-16 finish at this year’s last Grand Slam, the US Open, Evans’s form slid southwards. After opening his San Diego campaign with a labored win over veteran South African star Kevin Anderson, the former British No.1 crashed out in the next round after losing in straight sets to fellow countryman Cameron Norrie.
Setting sights on redemption at the Indian Wells Masters, the Englishman launched his title bid with a fine come-from-behind win over experienced Japanese star Kei Nishikori.
However, the Briton, ranked 26h in singles currently, ran out of steam in his next against Argentine Diego Schwartzman. After taking the opening set off the current World No.16, Evans lost the next two to bow out of the tournament.
He slipped further in his next event, the Vienna Open, as he lost the opening round to Spanish teen tennis sensation Carlos Alcaraz. The Briton fared no better at the Paris Masters, falling to a three-set defeat in the first round to Kazakh star Alexander Bublik.
With his confidence having taken a beating after a series of unflattering results, the Briton will open his Stockholm Open campaign with a last-16 clash against rising Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Wednesday.
While they have never played each other before, it isn’t expected to be a cakewalk for the Briton as the Fokina embodies the legendary competitiveness and fighting qualities of Spanish tennis stars and has the game and skills to give him a hard time on court.
Fokina In Search of Consistency
Fokina ‘s run of results across recent events has been mixed bag at best. The Spaniard was sent packing by rising South African star Lloyd Harris in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters after he dug deep to take down American Steve Johnson in the opening round.
Drawing seasoned Australian star Jordan Thompson in his first-round clash at the European Open in Antwerp, Belgium, Fokina played one of his better matches in the recent past to cruise home in straight sets.
The 49th-ranked Spaniard followed up his opening-round victory with a resolute performance against Chilean Cristian Garin. Having lost the opening set, the Spaniard staged a spirited fightback to eventually prevail in three.
The win saw him set up a quarter-final outing against rising American Jenson Brooksby. However, Fokina failed to show up against Brooksby, as the American took him to the cleaners, especially in the second set, to send him crashing out of the tournament.
Hoping to improve on his quarter-final showing in Antwerp at the Paris Masters, The Spaniard suffered an anti-climactic opening-round defeat to veteran Croatian star and former Grand Slam champion Marin Cilic.
Fokina would be looking to return to winning ways as he opens his Stockholm campaign against former British No.1 Dan Evans on Wednesday. Though the British star has been off his pace in the recent weeks, the Spaniard could ill afford to take things easy against an accomplished and skilled all-court opponent.
Evans v Fokina Prediction and Tip
While Evans is ahead in terms of ranking places, Fokina would start as a slight favorite in this last-16 battle as he reached the last-eight of his last-to-last event.