Diego Schwartzman vs Elias Ymer - 2021 Australian Open Men's Singles First Round
Monday February 8th, 2021 / 1:00am EST
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Eighth seeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman faces Swedish Qualifier Elias Ymer in the First Round of the 2021 Australian Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Sunday February 7th, 2021 at a time yet to be announced. They have played once in the past with Schwartzman claiming the victory. Can Ymer spring the upset here?
Diego Schwartzman is coming off an outstanding 2020 season which saw him break into the top 10 for the first time. He has only played one match so far in 2021, a straight sets loss to rival Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Cup. He is one of the best movers in the world and is very difficult to hit through. He has added an offensive element to his game, taking him to another level. He will enter this match as the overwhelming favorite and should have way too many tools for the young Swede to handle.
Elias Ymer is currently ranked #205, but has been as high as #104. He is a talented young player and was impressive in the Qualifiers, doing well to win three matches against higher ranked opponents. He does not have much experience at this level however, and will have to play the match of his life to avoid a quick defeat. He lost his match in the warm-up event to Gilles Simon and will be up against it here. He is a powerful baseline player that loves to attack the net when he gets a chance. That being said, he simply doesn't have the power to hit through Schwartzman who is one of the fastest movers on tour, nor does he have the consistency to hang with him in rallies.
This match will have only one outcome and that is a routine win for Diego Schwartzman. Elias Ymer is simply not in his class and is not expected to trouble the Argentine. Schwartzman seemed to be in good form at the ATP Cup despite his loss to Medvedev and is too good of a player to be upset in the First Round of a Major by an unseeded player. Diego Schwartzman to win in straight sets.