TennisSection previews the 2021 Umag Open as Richard Gasquet (4) meets Carlos Alcaraz (4) in the Final on Sunday July 25th, 2021.
An exciting Final awaits us at the 2021 Umag Open as fourth seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet will face seventh seed Carlos Alcaraz of Spain. Both men have been outstanding so far here in Umag and are fully deserving to be in the Final. Can the young Spaniard cause yet another upset and claim his first title on the ATP Tour? Or will the favored Gasquet win his 16th?
Richard Gasquet is currently ranked #59 on the ATP Tour and is seeded fourth here at the 2021 Umag Open. The Frenchman has had a glittering career, but has seen his form and ranking slide over the past few years. Still capable of fantastic tennis at times, he has been on a roll so far here in Umag, reaching the Final for the loss of only one set. He had a more difficult Semi-Final than expected, surprisingly being pushed to three sets by Daniel Altmaier before securing the win. He enters this match against the young talent Carlos Alcaraz as the big favorite due to his vast experience, but the Spaniard has been outstanding over the past few seasons and will be desperate to claim his first title.
Carlos Alcaraz is the seventh seed here at the 2021 Umag Open and is ranked #73 on the ATP Tour. The young Spaniard has set the tour alight with his play over the past few seasons, and the scary part is that he only recently turned 18. He is considered by many to be a future superstar of the men’s game, and has certainly backed that up by reaching his first career ATP Final. He cruised past top seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straght sets in the Semi-Finals, using his big forehand and variety to claim a great win over the veteran. While he enters this match as the underdog against Richard Gasquet, he has been in great form and his confidence will be at an all-time high.
This will be the first time that the two players are meeting on the ATP Tour, and I am expecting a great match with lots of momentum swings. The two players are very evenly matched, with the Spaniard having more firepower and is the more dynamic, while Gasquet has tons of experience and his variety is sure to be tricky to handle. Carlos Alcaraz is talented enough to claim the upset win, but give me the veteran everyday. A big part of this game is how you handle the nerves and how strong you are mentally, and the Frenchman surely has the edge in that category. I expect a ferocious battle, but ultimately Richard Gasquet will win and become the 2021 Umag Open champion.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Richard Gasquet to win.
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