J. Melzer vs P. Andujar-Alba is one more great match at the Marbella Challenger Tournament taking place in Spain on the clay court. Both talented players will play in a serious confrontation. First new seasons tournament on European clay. Two veterans Jurgen Melzer and Pablo Andujar – Alba are facing each other in Andaluze challengers 1/16. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Jurgen Melzer 37-year-old Austrian tennis player who is close to the end of his career. At his prime, he was a top 10 player and a very exciting one. What’s interesting that he managed to get into top ten both in singles and doubles at the same time. Was a very talented player but often struggled mentally and lost many close matches and finals because of that. The form is not great. And let’s face it not everyone can be Roger Federer and play at a high level being 37. Last year Jurgen played only in a handful of events and that was his last year on tour but obviously, he’s got some other plans and yesterday Austrian beat Spaniard Gutierrez – Ferrol quite comfortably. Melzer is a lefty so that’s an advantage on its own, has a good serve, likes to play at the net and strikes the ball very flat. So on his day, he can cause a headache to a lot of players but nowadays he struggles with consistency and other loads of UE could be expected. His game became quite solid with the year.
Pablo Andujar – Alba is a Spanish clay specialist. No surprise in that. Though he’s 33 last season was arguably his best on tour. Pablo managed to win 2 tournaments in a row after being sidelined by a serious injury for a long time and dropped to ATP 1824 place. 4 titles in total last year after 4 years drought. A memorable one was in Marrakesh where he took down Portuguese tennis player Joao Sousa in straight sets and in the final he won against Kyle Edmund 6:2 6:2. In this season he started in Cordoba, but somehow he managed to lose against a talented Italian player – Lorenzo Sonego. After that, he played in Santiago, where he went to the semis. Pablo likes to play on the baseline. His playing style is very similar to other Spanish players. He has a good forehand and also a solid backhand.
Previously players have met 2 times. The last game was played on the clay where Pablo won 2:0 against Melzer. But this match was held in 2014 so we should expect a lot of changes from both players.
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