TennisSection previews the 2021 Swedish Open as John Millman(4) meets Arthur Rinderknech in the Round of 16 on Wednesday July 14th, 2021.
Fourth seeded Australian John Millman will begin his 2021 Swedish Open campaign by facing Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech in the Round of 16. The Australian has not been at his consistent best this season and will be hoping for a solid showing here in Bastad to get his year back on track. Arthur Rinderknech is a talented but very inconsistent player that has shown flashes of brilliance throughout the year in between poor results. Can be overcome the solid Aussie and advance to the Round of 16?
John Millman is the fourth seed here at the 2021 Swedish Open and is ranked #45 on the ATP Tour. The Australian is known as one of the most consistent performers and hardest workers on the tour, and is tough to beat. He is going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment, having failed to pass the Second Round in his past 6 tournaments played since April. His ultra-consistent game is not as effective on the slower clay courts, as he lacks a big weapon that allows him to hit through opponents. He counts clay as his least favorite surface, and his results have reflected that, but he remains a very dangerous opponent due to his never-say-die attitude. Despite his limitations, he enters this match against Arthur Rinderknech as the favorite, and will be backing himself to reach his second clay-court Quarter-Final of the year.
Arthur Rinderknech is a Qualifier here at the 2021 Swedish Open, and is currently ranked #105 on the ATP Tour. The Frenchman was very impressive in the Qualifying Rounds, and did not drop a set throughout his three matches. He then destroyed his First Round opponent Pedro Sousa 6-1, 6-1 in a stunning performance. While he mainly plies his trade on the Challenger Circuit has had some strong ATP Tour results, most notably a Quarter-Final run in Lyon, where he defeated Jannik Sinner. While he has been inconsistent, he has had some big wins and is clearly not an opponent to take lightly. He is an aggressive baseliner who is at home on the clay, with some strong Challenger Tour results this year and is capable of pushing John Millman to the limit.
This will be the first meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, and despite the huge gap in their rankings I expect it to be a close one. John Millman has been in a prolonged slump, and does not favor this surface, while Rinderknech has been very impressive here at the 2021 Swedish Open. This will almost certainly be a very tight battle, and I am backing Arthur Rinderknech to cause the upset here. He is meeting the Australian at exactly the right time, when he is close to his peak and his opponent is struggling, and I see him getting a hard fought win here, advancing to his second ever ATP Tour Quarter-Final here at the 2021 Swedish Open.
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