TennisSection previews the 2021 Eastbourne Open as Alex de Minaur (2) meets Liam Broady (WC) in the Round of 16 on Wednesday, June 23rd 2021.
Will Liam Broady continue to perform strongly on grass as we saw last week at the Queen’s Open? Will Alex de Minaur also come out here ready to build on the momentum he built last week at the Queen’s Open as he prepares himself for Wimbledon? Both players can win this match if they are on top of their game, but only one will make their way to the Quarter-finals here at the Viking International. Who will it be?
Liam Broady is not a very well known player, mainly focusing on smaller challenger tour tournaments. However, he proved that he should be known in his first match here. Liam Broady beat Frances Tiafoe in the Round of 32 here at the 2021 Eastbourne Open in straight sets 6-3/7-6. Liam is looking to make a name for himself, and he will want to continue improving his level to ensure he can play well at Wimbledon and potentially become a superstar like Aslan Karatsev did out of nowhere early this year. However, here at the Viking International he will have a tough road ahead now as he meets Alex de Minaur.
Alex de Minaur had a great week at the Queen’s Open last week, making his way to the Semi-finals where he lost to the eventual champion, Matteo Berrettini. Alex de Minaur needed that solid week on grass because he did not impress in the week before that when he played in Stuttgart. Alex de Minaur is always tough to beat because he has so much speed around the court, and he hits the ball so flat. This allows him to speed up the game on fast surfaces like grass, and he will be looking to continue doing that here at the 2021 Eastbourne Open to build some momentum and confidence prior to Wimbledon. However, he meets a tough opponent in Liam Broady who has shown great tennis on grass right from the start.
Alex de Minaur and Liam Broady have never met before, with this being their first meeting on the ATP Tour. Although Liam is playing in his home country, put on a solid performance in the Round of 32 by beating Tiafoe, and determined to make a name for himself, Alex de Minaur is just so much better. Alex reached the Semi-finals last week in Queen’s and he will want to continue building on this momentum to enter Wimbledon with a lot of confidence. Liam will also be aiming to build momentum for Wimbledon, but I am sure the British crowd will help him do that when the time comes. For now, I see Alex in straight sets to make his way to the Quarter-finals of the 2021 Eastbourne Open.
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