TennisSection previews the 2021 Hamburg Open as Nikoloz Basilashvili (3) meets Sebastian Baez (LL) in the Second Round on Wednesday, July 14th 2021.
Will the lucky loser, Sebastian Baez, get his maiden career win on the ATP Tour as he aims to make a name for himself? Will Nikoloz Basilashvili get off to a strong start in his most successful tournament which he has won twice before? Both players will be determined to give it their all here at the 2021 Hamburg Open, but only one will make their way to the Quarter-Finals. Who will it be?
Sebastian Baez will be very happy that he has been able to get into the main draw of the 2021 Hamburg Open by not even having qualified, coming in as a lucky loser. Baez is not very well known, mainly focusing on ITF and Challenger Tour tournaments at the age of 20. Sebastian will know that this is going to be a very strong opportunity here at the 2021 Hamburg Open to make a name for himself, but he has been drawn against the 2x Hamburg champion in Nikoloz Basilashvili so he will have to be ready right from the start.
Nikoloz Basilashvili has had an up and down year in 2021, having some winning streaks and some losing ones. However, Nikoloz has still managed to win 2 titles this year and rise up the rankings. Nikoloz is a very experienced opponent and he knows that when he is at his best, his return game is really hard to compete with because of his pace of ball and intensity around the court. Coming into the 2021 Hamburg Open, Nikoloz will want to give it his all as he loves this tournament as he has won it 2 times before and knows that he can do it again if he begins well from the start and builds momentum against Sebastian Baez.
Nikoloz Basilashvili and Sebastian Baez have never met before, with this being their first career meeting on the ATP Tour. Sebastian Baez has nothing to lose here so he will definitely come out here willing to give it his all and aim to make a name for himself. The matches in qualifying, although he didn’t qualify, will help him as he will be used to matchplay in these conditions. This might allow the Argentine to keep things close as he goes for his maiden victory on the ATP Tour. However, Nikoloz is very hard to beat when he is in form, and when he is in Hamburg. Nikoloz will not want to waste much time on court against a lucky loser and he will make sure he gets a strong win to build momentum going into the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Hamburg Open.
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