Diego Schwartzman vs Aslan Karatsev - 2021 Madrid Open Second Round
Wednesday, May 5th 2021
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A huge battle is expected as seventh seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina will face unseeded Russian Aslan Karatsev in the Second Round of the 2021 Madrid Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Wednesday May 5th, 2021 at approximately 5:00am EST.
It is unfortunate that these two players are playing each other so early in the event, as it has the feel of a later round match. Both men have been in good form so far this year and will be eager to get off to a strong start here in Madrid. Can Karatsev continue his surprising run this year or will the Argentina advance?
Diego Schwartzman is currently ranked #9 in the world and has been having a strong yet inconsistent season. Very well known for his fierce competitiveness and gritty baseline play, he is right at home on this clay surface and will be backing himself to win here. After winning the title in Buenos Aires earlier in the season, he has had mixed results since and will be hoping for some more consistency here. While he is favored here, it will not be easy against one of the best players in the world in 2021.
Aslan Karatsev has been a surprise package so far this season, seemingly coming out of nowhere to find himself inside the top 30, a jump of over 100 spots in the past year. After a Semi-Final run at the Australian Open, he backed that up by winning his maiden title in Dubai. Questions were raised about his clay court ability but he answered those by defeating Novak Djokovic en route to a Finals run in Belgrade. While he is lower in ranking he has a great chance of winning here in Madrid.
This is sure to be a fantastic match and it really is quite close to call. Both men are capable of getting the win and it will come down to who is better on the day. I am backing Aslan Karatsev to get a tight win here. He has been in superb form on clay lately and I expect that trend to continue.