2021 Montpellier Open Sud de France Final Preview: Bautista Agut vs. Goffin
The 2021 Montpellier Open Sud de France is played from February 22nd - 28th and it will be a very good week of tennis in southern France.
A week filled with tennis in Montpellier is coming to an end with the final of the Open Sud de France upon us. The top two seeds performed as expected and reached the final where they will face one another later today. It is Roberto Bautista Agut vs David Goffin in their 7th match H2H.
They have played six times against one another so far and each player won three matches so far. The first three were won by Bautista Agut with the last three won by Goffin. This week they both performed well. The Spaniard had some fitness issues heading into this event but he managed to keep all of his matches short despite tricky opposition. He will look to do the same in this one as Goffin might have the edge if the match goes deep.
The Belgian already played two three-set matches winning both of them. He also demonstrated the best tennis he played in a long time. After all, it's hist first final in over a year. In this one, he will be the underdog as Bautista performed better recently but his form is not stellar either. If Goffin produces his best tennis today he can win this match but the question remains whether he will produce his best tennis. The match is scheduled at 15:00 CET and we will have a report for you so don't go far.
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2021 Open Sud de France Montpellier Schedule of Play
Sunday, February 28th:
15:00 Bautista-Agut R. (Esp) - Goffin D. (Bel)
Saturday, February 27th:
The semifinals day at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier is is bringing us two strong matches where we will see the two top seeds Roberto Bautista Agut and David Goffin on the courts. The first of those semifinals will start at 15:00 CET with the second one not far behind.
In the first one, David Goffin will play Egor Gerasimov. Both of these players played some solid tennis this week which allowed them to find themselves in the semifinals. For Goffin, it was a good run of tennis which he hasn't had in a while. He enjoys playing on indoor hard courts and it this one he will be the slight favourite. That won't mean much as he will playing against a powerful server who thrives in these types of conditions. They played once before and it was last year in Marseille which is a similar court to this one and Gerasimov won that match in two sets.
In the second semifinal, we will get to see the number one seed Roberto Bautista Agut take on Peter Gojowczyk. The German found himself in a semifinal for the first since in a long time due to some excellent play. He downed several good players including Denis Novak and Jan-Lennard Struff. Bautista Augt also played some strong opposition as he defeated two Frenchman in Barrere and Humbert. They have played 5 times so far and Bautista Agut was the winner each time.
15:00 Gerasimov E. (Blr) - Goffin D. (Bel)
16:30 Bautista R. (Esp) - Gojowczyk P. (Ger)
Friday, February 26th:
The quarterfinals at the Open Sud de France are scheduled for Friday with 4 strong matches on the programme. The best of the remained and we will get to see Roberto Bautista Agut, David Goffin, Lorenzo Sonego and Ugo Humbert play.
It will all start at noon when Lorenzo Sonego takes on David Goffin. The Italian is a streaky player and this week he has played well so the Belgian might be in trouble if he doesn't produce his best. After them, we will see Alejandro Davidovich Fokina take on Egor Gerasimov. The Belarussian has put the AO embarrassment behind him and is back to playing good tennis. Beating Davidovich Fokina will be tough but if the Gerasimov is the far better server which gives him a slight advantage.
At 15:00 we should see Denis Novak and Peter Gojowczyk play. They are similar players who possess a strong serve which will prove key. Novak is the better baseline play which should give him the advantage but Gojowczyk will look to keep points short. The final match of the day is the best one as Roberto Bautista Agut will take on Ugo Humbert. The Frenchman enjoys playing indoors especially at home but his game is rather depended on his serve. If Roberto finds a way to neutralize the serve he will cruise in this match where he is the overwhelming favourite.
12:00 Sonego L. (Ita) - Goffin D. (Bel)
13:30 Gerasimov E. (Blr) - Davidovich Fokina A. (Esp)
15:00 Novak D. (Aut) - Gojowczyk P. (Ger)
19:00 Bautista-Agut R. (Esp) - Humbert U. (Fra)
Thursday, February 25th:
There will be 5 strong matches at the Open Sud de France on Thursday and we will see top seed Roberto Bautista Agut in action. The Spaniard will be joined by the likes of Lajovic and Hurkacz so there will be plenty of good tennis.
It will all start at 10:30 with Beden taking on Gerasimov, Both of these players defeated strong plays in the previous round proving good form so this could end up being a very tightly contested match. After that we will see Vesely take on Gojowczyk where the Czech played will be the favourite. Davidovich Fokina will play Hurkacz in a very interesting matchup between two players who play well on hard courts.
The latter part of the day will feature the top seed on the court and well as the 3rd seed. The first of them will be Lajovic who will play against Novak. The Serbian had a solid showing at the Australian Open and he will look to keep that momentum going before play switches to his favoured clay. The final match of the day will start at 19:00 CET and it will be top seed Roberto Bautista Agut who will take on native Barrere for a place in the quarterfinal.
10:30 Bedene A. (Slo) - Gerasimov E. (Blr)
11:30 Vesely J. (Cze) - Gojowczyk P. (Ger)
13:00 Davidovich Fokina A. (Esp) - Hurkacz H. (Pol)
14:30 Lajovic D. (Srb) - Novak D. (Aut)
19:00 Bautista-Agut R. (Esp) - Barrere G. (Fra)
Wednesday, February 24th:
Wednesday at the Open Sud de France will bring us six very interesting matches starting as early as 10:30 CET and going on through the day. We will see some of the best in the world play such as Goffin, Sinner and Humbert.
The programme will start at 10:30 CET with a very interesting match between Sonego and Korda. The American played well against Tsonga and he will fancy his chances against Sonego as well. Another interesting match will be between Spaniards Davidovich Fokina and Zapata Miralles to determine who goes to R2. Jannik Sinner will take on Aljaz Bedene later in the day for a rematch that we saw in Australia where Sinner proved too good for the Slovenian.
French hopeful Humbert will take on Griekspoor in a match where the Frenchman will need to be careful. Griekspoor played some strong tennis so far in Montpellier and upsets tend to happen frequently on indoor hard courts. The premier match of the day and the final one on the programme will take place at 19:00 CET when Goffin will take on Bonzi.
10:30 Sonego L. (Ita) - Korda S. (Usa)
10:30 Zapata Miralles B. (Esp) - Davidovich Fokina A. (Esp)
12:00 Barrere G. (Fra) - Basilashvili N. (Geo)
13:00 Sinner J. (Ita) - Bedene A. (Slo)
14:30 Griekspoor T. (Ned) - Humbert U. (Fra)
19:00 Bonzi B. (Fra) - Goffin D. (Bel)
Tuesday, February 23rd:
The Open Sud de France in Montpellier continues on Tuesday with 6 matches on the programme highlighted by Andy Murray's return to the ATP tour. Besides him, there will be several French players on the court as well including veteran Gilles Simon and the resurging Lucas Pouille.
The programme will kick-off rather early at 10:30 CET with a clash between Griekspoor and Giron. After them, we will an all-German clash with Struff taking on Gojowczyk. After that, we will get an all-Frech affair as Pouille will take on Bonzi. Two very interesting matches will follow as Ymer will take on Vesely and Novak will take on Simon.
When all of those matches end we will have an afternoon break before the match of the day between Murray and Gerasimov. Andy has not played on the ATP tour this year and this will mark his debut at the highest level. Gerasimov is a tricky opponent especially indoors but the Belarussian is coming off a shameful performance against Karatsev at the AO so will look for redemption.
10:30 Griekspoor T. (Ned) - Giron M. (Usa)
12:00 Gojowczyk P. (Ger) - Struff J-L. (Ger)
13:00 Pouille L. (Fra) - Bonzi B. (Fra)
13:30 Ymer M. (Swe) - Vesely J. (Cze)
14:30 Novak D. (Aut) - Simon G. (Fra)
19:00 Gerasimov E. (Blr) - Murray A. (Gbr)
Monday, February 22nd:
The first day of tennis at the Open Sud de France in Montepellier will only feature three matches but it is a good introduction to what will be a very entertaining week of tennis. It will all start at 14:30 with the match of the day between Sebastian Korda and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga scheduled for 19:00.
The tournament will be opened by a native player and it will be Humbert vs Gombos. The Frenchman endured a disappointing Australia run and he will be looking to get back on track on indoor hard courts where he usually does his best. Another Frenchman will play after him and it will be French Open breakout Gaston who will take on Sonego. Gaston has not done much since enjoying a very successful run at the French Open and this will be an opportunity for him to do some damage.
The final match of the day will be between Tsonga and Korda. Korda is playing better and better and doing well here will help him climb in the rankings which is his main objective for now. Tsonga on the other hand returns to tennis at an event he knows very well. He won it in 2019 and he will be looking to do that again despite the lack of quality playing time lately.
14:30 Gombos N. (Svk) - Humbert U. (Fra)
16:00 Sonego L. (Ita) - Gaston H. (Fra)
19:00 Tsonga J-W. (Fra) - Korda S. (Usa)