Adrian Mannarino vs Mikael Ymer - Murray River Open ATP
Sunday January 31st, 2021
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Tenth seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino faces Swedish youngster Mikael Ymer in the First Round of the 2021 Murray River Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia. The match will take place on Sunday January 31st, 2021. This is the main lead up event for the Australian Open, so both players will be eager to get their Australian campaigns off to a good start. They have played once before, with Ymer getting the victory in straight sets in 2019. Will Mannarino be able to settle the score?
Adrian Mannarino is currently ranked #35 and will be looking to continue the rich form he enjoyed towards the end of 2020. After a rough to the season where he struggled to win any matches, he finished with a bang. Starting off with a quarterfinal appearance at the Cologne Open where he lost to Alexander Zverev, he proceeded to make it to the final of the Nur-Sultan Open, third round of the Paris Masters and then again a semifinal at the Sofia Open to finish the year ranked 35th. He is a very consistent player, who has every shot in the book and very solid on both sides. His main weakness is his serve, so Ymer will have to capitalize on that.
Mikael Ymer has a career high ranking of #67 and after a mixed season last year will be looking to break into the top 50 for the first time. He is a very talented player, and along with his older brother Elias is tipped for big things in the future. He is a very flashy and exciting player who has a big serve and big groundstrokes. He has made huge strides in his game to add this offensive element as a couple years ago he was a very defensive player with no major weapons. If he is playing well he can cause the Frenchman some difficulty, he enters this match as the clear underdog.
I am going to pick Adrian Mannarino to win this match. His solid baseline game should be able to break down the young Swede's defenses and come away with the win. Mannarino loves the faster hard courts and will be eager to find some form here before the Australian Open. Adrian Mannarino to win.