A likely underrated match-up is set to take place in the opening round of the French Open, as reguring Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov and Spain’s Albert Ramos meet for a third time on Monday afternoon. Dolgopolov remains undefeated with a 2-0 Head to Head record but this is the first time they meet on the tour since 2011.
Ukrainian No. 1 Alexandr Dolgopolov is coming off an opening round exit in Rome to France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Prior to that, Dolgopolov has been a resurgent force in 2014, as the Ukrainian talent reached the semi-finals in Buenos Aires and the finals in Rio, where he lost to clay court king Rafael Nadal. He would avenge that loss the following month, as he would defeat Nadal in three sets at Indian Wells, before losing to Roger Federer in the semi-finals. Having already earned impressive performances during the Golden Swing in Latin America, Dolgopolov was unable to translate that into wins on European clay, as he lost in the second round in Monte Carlo, his opening match in Barcelona, the second round in Madrid and the Rome opener.
World No. 115 Albert Ramos dropped out of the top 100 for the first time since June 2011 last month. He has only reached one quarterfinal so far this season, in Buenos Aires where he lost 2-6, 1-6 to eventual champion David Ferrer. In Barcelona, Ramos beat Nikolay Davydenko of Russia before losing to Nadal the following round. He would later work his way through the qualifying round in Munich and defeat Lleyton Hewitt in the opening round before losing to Andreas Seppi in the second round. He would follow up with a second round loss to David Ferrer in Madrid, and would fail to qualify for Rome, which puts him at 10-12 so far this season.
This marks the third time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Dolgopolov leading the series 2-0. This is the first time they cross paths since 2011, where the Ukrainian was victorious on both hard court and clay.
Prediction: Alexandr Dolgopolov in Four Sets