Emil Ruusuvuori vs Jiri Vesely - 2021 Antalya Open First Round
Thursday January 7th, 2021 / 5:40am EST
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Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland faces Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic in the Opening Round of the first tournament of the 2021 season, the Antalya Open in Turkey. The match will be played on Thursday January 7th, 2021 on hard courts. The two have never played before, who will come out on top and claim their first win of the new season?
Emil Ruusuvuori is a very young and talented player who is making a name for himself on the ATP Tour. Currently ranked #87, he has steadily climbed up the rankings since his debut in 2018. He had a fairly successful 2020 season, with the highlight being a Semifinal run at the Astana Open in Kazakhstan. He has a huge first serve and big groundstrokes, dictating play from the baseline where possible. Two weaknesses in his game are the high unforced error count and his transition game. He struggles to get into the net to close out points which can be his downfall at this level.
Jiri Vesely is a very experienced player and has been on the tour for 10 years. He is currently ranked #68 but was once as high as #35 showing his pedigree. He has wins over Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic and will undoubtedly draw from his experience to try to win here. He has a huge lefty serve and powerful but erratic groundstrokes, showing that he has a similar game style to his opponent. Vesely had a successful 202 0 season, winning his second ATP title in Pune and will be eager to get off to a good start here in 2021.
This should be a close and exciting match between youth and experience, two men with fairly similar game styles. There are not likely to be many breaks of serve here and it will come down to who can hold their nerve in the important points. It is almost too close to call and can go either way but I think that the young Finnish player has a bit too much firepower for his more experienced opponent and will win a very lose encounter. Emil Ruusuvuori to win, likely needing three sets to do so.