Taro Daniel vs Elias Ymer - 2021 Australian Open Qualifying
Wednesday January 13th, 2021 / 4:50am EST
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Taro Daniel of Japan faces Elias Ymer of Sweden in the Third and final Qualifying Round of the 2021 Australian Open Qualifying Draw in Doha, Qatar. The match will be played on Wednesday January 13th, 2021 at approximately 3:30am EST. Taro Daniel leads the head to head by one match to zero, and will be looking to extend that streak here to qualify for the first Grand Slam of the year. Does the Swede have what it takes to stop him and qualify?
Taro Daniel is currently ranked #116 but has previously been ranked as high as #64 in the world. He has been impressive this week, with victories over Maximilian Marterer and Roberto Cid. He has continued his dominant streak of tennis towards the end of last year, winning the Hamburg Challenger and momentum seems to be building. He is a very solid player with excellent touch, but tends to struggle with his serve at times. He lacks a true weapon, but it remains to be seen if Ymer himself has the tools to take advantage. The Japanese player enters this match as the slight favourite.
Elias Ymer is a talented young player that showed a lot of promise when he first joined the Tour, but has not yet lived up to it. He also has been impressive here in Doha, with wins over Blake Mott and Marc-Andrea Huesler. Ymer is a dynamic shotmaker who has the tools to trouble the more experienced Daniel, but he has been plagued by inconsistency throughout his career. He has an extremely good service return which could be key against his opponent, who is known to have serving issues at times.
This match has the potential to be a close one, but I am going to side with the experience of Taro Daniel and back him to win this match. Other than losing the opening set in his first match, he has hardly put a foot wrong and should be a bit too solid and consistent for his younger opponent. I would not be surprised to see Ymer get the win here, but the smart money is on the Japanese player. Taro Daniel to win.