Emil Ruusuvuori vs Stefano Travaglia - 2021 Antalya Open First Round
Saturday January 9th, 2021 / 4:20am EST
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Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland faces Italian Stefano Travaglia in the Round of 16 at the 2021 Antalya Open in Turkey. The match will take place on Saturday January 9th, at approximately 4:20am EST. The pair have never faced each other before and are fairly even in the rankings, so all signs point to an entertaining and close match. Who will win and advance to the Quarterfinals?
Emil Ruusuvuori is one of the outstanding young players on the ATP Tour and has been steadily climbing up the rankings. Currently ranked number 87, he had a solid season in 2020 and will be aiming to build on that success this season. He was very impressive in his 6-3, 7-6 First Round win over Jiri Vesely where he displayed tremendous maturity and patience to neutralize his opponent's power and big serve. He is a very consistent baseliner who can switch gears easily between attack and defense. His big weapon is his forehand, and he is able to sit back and dictate play. He will enter this match as a close favorite.
Stefano Travaglia is currently ranked number 75 and had an outstanding season in 2020 where he notched high profile wins against players like Borna Coric and Kei Nishikori. However, most of his success came on clay, his preferred surface. However, he is not to be taken lightly as he was very impressive during his comeback over Miomir Kecmanovic who was considered by many to be a contender here in Antalya. He displayed tremendous heart and court coverage, and is likely to frustrate the young Finn with his consistency and grit. He will be confident of securing the win here after his impressive First Round performance.
This has all the makings of a very close match. There is not much to separate the two players in rankings nor talent and it wouldn't be surprising to see this match go the distance. It really can go either way but I am going to give the edge to Emil Ruusuvuori. His game is better suited to this surface, and his power from the baseline may be a little too much for the Italian to handle. Ruusuvuori to win a very tight match.