Roberto Bautista Agut vs Emil Ruusuvuori
September 1, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
Roberto Bautista Agut (18) of Spain will face the unseeded Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland in the Second Round of the 2021 US Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Wednesday September 1st, 2021 at 1:00pm EST.
An interesting match is upon us as Roberto Bautista Agut will play Emil Ruusuvuori for a spot in the Third Round here at the 2021 US Open. This is a match between players of completely different styles; one of them is very steady and consistent and the other is very attacking and aggressive. Bautista Agut has been one of the most reliable players on the ATP Tour for quite some time now, can the talented youngster Ruusuvuori continue his impressive play and cause the upset?
Roberto Bautista Agut is the eighteenth seed here at the 2021 US Open and is currently ranked #21 on the ATP Tour. The Spaniard has a reputation of being very focused and consistent, and is the type of player that never gives points away and rarely commits unforced errors. He has been uncharacteristically inconsistent since Wimbledon, losing in the First Round of three of his past four tournaments with only a Quarter-Final showing at the Rogers Cup being a positive. He put his poor recent performances behind with a straight-sets thumping of Nick Kyrgios and seems to be back in form. He never allowed the dangerous Aussie to settle and get in a rhythm, dominating the match on his way to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 victory. Now that he is playing with confidence again he will be dangerous and the rest of the draw should take note.
Emil Ruusuvuori is unseeded here at the 2021 US Open and is ranked #66 on the ATP Tour. The Finn is considered one of the most promising young players on the Tour and will be a dangerous opponent for the highly rated Roberto Bautista Agut. He was impressive in his First Round win over Kamil Majchrzack, dominating his opponent from the baseline with his heavy hitting. He certainly has the game to compete here but it is the big gap in experience that will be his downfall here. He is not accustomed to playing five sets, and staying focused for so long is not an easy feat for a young player. If he can start well then he can make this interesting, but he is the big underdog here.
This is the first meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, and while I think that it will be an exciting one I don’t see any other result possible than a win for Roberto Bautista Agut. He is simply too solid for his opponent Emil Ruusuvuori, and I don’t expect the Finnish youngster to be able to cope with the relentless nature of the Spaniard’s game. Ruusuvuori is good enough to make it interesting and could even steal a set early on, but there is no way that he is physically or mentally ready to go toe to toe with RBA over five sets. The Spaniard will win, advancing to the Third Round here at the 2021 US Open.