This will be the second time these two players will face each other, after Munich in 2014 (clay). Albert Ramos-Vinolas won in 3 sets.
This is the first edition of this ATP 250 in Marbella. Until now, it was a Challenger tournament.
In this edition
Albert Ramos-Vinolas took advantage of his ranking to skip the first round. For his debut in the competition, he won in 3 sets against Ricardas Berankis.
As for Norbert Gombos, he defeated Juan Ignacio Londero and Federico Delbonis, always losing a set in the process.
Norbert Gombos made a good impression on me in his first match and I felt he was capable of creating a surprise against Federico Delbonis. I have to admit that I had a nose for it. Nevertheless, the Slovak also showed some signs of weakness against the Argentine. So I find it hard to believe that his opponent of the day could not exploit this.
Despite losing a set, Albert Ramos-Vinolas had a good first match. He was able to control the aggressiveness of Ricardas Berankis and to drop some nice shots to calm down his opponent.
Norbert Gombos also has the ability to get his points on his own. With both forehand and backhand, he is able to flirt with the lines and this can excite more than one spectator. However, the man who screams with every swing of the racquet is sorely lacking in consistency in the rallies. One gets the impression that he could break at any moment. Albert Ramos-Vinolas is much more solid in this area of the game. He is able to return a lot of attacks and regularly change the direction of the ball to force his opponents to stay in motion. I don’t see the Slovakian keeping up with the pace that the Spanish should be setting.
Moreover, it is important to highlight the great mental difficulties that Norbert Gombos had during his last match. This had a direct impact on his serve (only 55% of points won on his serve and 15 break points conceded). Let’s also add his incredible talent to make big breaks: he made a double break in the first set before losing it 7-5. Not to mention serving for the second set before getting caught in a tiebreak.
If Norbert Gombos hadn’t offered some exceptional moments, then I would have been even more confident in this Prediction. In my opinion, Albert Ramos-Vinolas is still in a much better position to get through this round. After all, all he has to do is play his tennis, and victory will be at his door.
Prediction: Albert Ramos-Vinolas wins