Domingues vs Davidovich Fokina (By: Iniestaone)
Semifinal qualifier match for the French Open between Domingues (#160) and Davidovich Fokina (#133)
I will keep going with Domingues in the qualifiers. We are yet to see that Estoril magic from Fokina and I don't feel like he is handling the hype too well.
Domingues had a great start beating Galovic 6-3 6-4 and continuing his great form, he has now won 8 of his last 10 making it 18/9 in total on clay this season. The stats from that match are good as well, 64% FS in and he won 73% of the FS points. He was very vulnerable on his second serve as he only won 29% of those points and he was broken once in the match when his serve wasn't at his best but I interpret that as an anomaly as he is usually a very solid server, for instance, when he won the Braga challenger ten days ago he didn't have a single bad match on serve. I'm sure his second serve will be better against Fokina.
Regarding Fokina, he is extremely talented but he has huge mental issues. It seems to me that after beating Monfils in Estoril, he put a gigantic mountain on his shoulders and for the three matches since then (vs Cuevas, Gasquet and Clarke) he has been so upset at his unforced errors. He screams at himself, he smashes rackets, and he has been a hot tempered player all season but now it seems to be literally every time he makes a mistake. He won against Clarke in almost two and a half hours, lost the first set 2-6 and Clarke could serve for the match in the second but choked and Fokina turned the match around. And this is against a Clarke who by no means is a bad player but he should not be able to force Fokina to stay on the court for well over two hours.
Its obvious that Domingues has the technical ability to defeat Fokina but what I believe will turn this match fully in his favor is Fokina's erratic behavior, Domingues is a very solid baseliner who can handle exchanges and will frustrate Fokina a lot
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Domingues vs Davidovich Fokina predictions
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Domingues vs Davidovich Fokina betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Iniestaone).