Felix Auger-Aliassime did the business for us on Monday, as he beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in straight sets.
Today we preview Auger-Aliassime again, this time as he takes on clay court specialist Guido Andreozzi.
This is the pairs first meeting, and with slightly contrasting playing styles this should be an interesting match.
Auger-Aliassime’s Past 12 Months Clay Court Mean Serving Stats
Won 70% of his service points
Held serve 83% of the time
Auger-Aliassime has a very useful serve, he wins a very high % of his first serves (80%) and will hit a number of aces throughout a match. He also does a good job with his second serve, and will make it as difficult as possible to attack, he has a second serve win % of on the clay of 53% over the past 12 months, this is above the Tour average of 49%.
Andreozzi’s Past 12 Months Clay Court Mean Serving Stats
Won 62% of his service points
Held serve 77% of the time
Andreozzi’s serve is good, he does need to hit a high % of first serves in order to hold his serve easily though. His second serve can be exploited, is at times inconsistent and can be left short and rife for attacking. All of his serving stats are just above the Tour average for the past 12 months on clay.
Auger-Aliassime’s Past 12 Months Clay Court Mean Return Stats
Won 39% of his return points
Won 46% of his break points
Opponents have held 68% of the time against him
Auger-Aliassime has a good return of serve, his break point conversion is above the 12 month clay court Tour average and he will create on average 1 break point every 2 return games. Couple this impressive stat in with Davidovich Fokina’s weaker serve and I feel like the Canadian should be able to create plenty of chance to break today.
Andreozzi’s Past 12 Months Clay Court Mean Return Stats
Won 41% of his return points
Won 41% of his break points
Opponents have held 72% of the time against him
Andreozzi will look to get plenty of balls back in play off the return of serve, and will rarely look to be too aggressive, even off a short second serve. He will need to up his break point conversion % today in order to look to break the Canadian’s serve enough to win the match.
Auger Aliassime’s Groundstrokes
Auger Aliassime hits the ball with topspin off both sides. He favours his forehand wing but is still very adept off the backhand side. He has the ability to be patient and trade from the back of the court and will hit with good and regular depth. He also can be aggressive and attack given the opportunity and will put away any loose or short balls with aplomb.
Andreozzi will hit consistently off both wings, keeping the ball deep and working the points patiently. He is also capable of turning defence into attack, especially off the forehand side. He is a good athlete, and will play fairly deep behind the baseline, running down lost causes.
Tricky one to call this, it may well go three sets and actually it wouldn’t surprise me to see Auger-Aliassime edge this. He will be the more aggressive of the two players, and should hold serve more comfortably. However, if he is struggling with consistency off the ground, which at times he does (he’s only 17!) Andreozzi will be there to take advantage. Should be an entertaining watch this.
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