TennisSection previews the 2021 Toronto Open as Dan Evans meets Alexander Bublik in the First Round on Monday August 9th, 2021.
An intriguing First Round battle awaits as the unseeded pair of Dan Evans and Alexander Bublik face off for a spot in the Second Round. Both men have had strong seasons so far this year and it is a shame that they have to play each other so early in the tournament. This really can go either way, so it will likely come down to who is more focused and who can keep their nerve on the key points. Who will get the win and advance to the Second Round here in Toronto?
Dan Evans is currently ranked #27 on the ATP Tour and is unseeded here at the 2021 Toronto Open. He is making his return to the Tour after testing positive for COVID-19 and having to miss the Olympics. The British number one had a very strong start to the season winning a title in Melbourne before reaching his first Masters-1000 Semi-Final in Monte-Carlo. Evans has struggled for consistency since then, with some strong results and early round exits mixed together. He will be looking forward to the start of the hard court season, and will be eying an improvement not only to his results but his ranking. The Brit has a strong chance to break into the top 20 with a few good results and that surely will be his goal. However, he has been handed a very tough draw here in the form of Alexander Bublik, and it will be very interesting to see how this one plays out.
Like his opponent Dan Evans, Alexander Bublik is unseeded here at the 2021 Toronto Open and is ranked #39 in the ATP world rankings. The Kazakh has long been considered a very talented player but struggled early on with maturity issues, and regular loss of focus during his matches. However, he has seemingly matured greatly as a player this season and has been having some strong results. He also has been quite inconsistent lately but like his opponent favors the hard courts more than any other surface and will be ready and rearing to go. There are not many players like Bublik with his ability to serve huge and play multiple game styles to throw his opponent off their rhythm. If he is fully focused he will be very tough to beat on this surface.
This will be the third meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, with their head to head deadlocked at 1-1. Dan Evans won their last encounter last year in Adelaide, and will be hoping to repeat the feat here at the 2021 Toronto Open. This is poised to be a very close and interesting match, and it likely will go the distance. This really is a close one to call but I am going to go with Dan Evans to get the win here. While he does not possess the upside of his opponent Alexander Bublik he is a lot more steady, and less likely to have an off-day. Bublik is fully capable of getting the win on a good day, but the smart money is on the more steady and consistent player and that is Dan Evans.
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