TennisSection previews the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Aslan Karatsev takes on Tommy Paul in the Round of 64 on Saturday, July 24th, 2021.
Will Tommy Paul pull off the big upset? Will Aslan Karatsev get back into winning form after playing a few bad tournaments? Saturday’s contest will be one to watch, where we will see if Aslan Karatsev can pull out his killer game. Who will move on to the Round of 32 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?
Aslan Karatsev is coming into this tournament with less confidence than he would have hoped for, having lost early in the last few tournaments he’s played in. Ever since making his incredible runs in Australia and Dubai, his game has been a little bit flat, hopefully, he’ll get his form back though, as he’s really fun to watch when he’s on, and if he is on, then he will be very dangerous this tournament. The conditions shouldn’t be too far off from his favorite one, fast hard courts. Tommy Paul is a very dangerous first round opponent, so if Karatsev can get through him without much trouble, it’ll be a really good sign. I think if he were to play at his best level, then he wouldn’t have much problem, but we’ll see if he can do that.
Tommy Paul is coming into this match with not a ton of confidence per say, but as I just mentioned, Aslan hasn’t been feeling it lately, so Tommy could really do some damage here, it’s totally possible for him to defeat Aslan considering his results lately. However, assuming Karatsev finds his form, Paul won’t really have much of a chance. And in the case that he does, he’ll need to put a lot of pressure on Aslan, that makes it so that his aggressive style of play is much harder to execute, to put pressure on him, he’ll need to have a high percentage of first serves, and he’ll need to hit some heavy balls going above Aslan’s shoulders, to avoid flat groundstroke to flat groundstroke encounters where he would just be completely outclassed.
Aslan Karatsev and Tommy Paul have never played before, with this being their first career meeting. Them not playing before isn’t surprising, considering Karatsevs emergence onto the ATP Tour is very recent. Even if they had played before though, it wouldn’t really be much of an indicator for Saturdays contest, because the match mostly rests on Aslans shoulders, if hes able to find his form here on the hard courts of Tokyo, then Paul is in deep deep trouble, and he’ll need some luck and some of the best tennis of his life to progress. Let’s see who will move on to the Round of 32 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Aslan Karatsev to win.
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