TennisSection previews the 2021 Toronto Open as Jannik Sinner (16) meets James Duckworth in the Second Round on Wednesday August 11th, 2021.
Jannik Sinner is an emerging superstar on the ATP Tour, and will be a dark horse contender for the title here at the 2021 Toronto Open. The teenage phenom has been hugely impressive over the past few seasons and broke into the top 15 for the first time after his title in Washington last week. First up for the youngster is the Aussie player James Duckworth, a surprise winner over Taylor Fritz in the First Round. Can he cause another upset and defeat Sinner here at the Rogers Cup?
Jannik Sinner is the 16th seed here at the 2021 Toronto Open and is ranked a career-high #15 on the ATP Tour. The Italian teenager has risen up the rankings with unprecedented speed, and is almost a lock to be in the top 10 within the next year. Possessing a big serve and explosive baseline game, Sinner is able to go toe to toe with the best of them, and once his unforced error count is low, will be very difficult to beat on this surface and is someone that the top players will want to avoid. He won his third ATP title and second this year last week in Washington and will be full of confidence here. The draw is in his favor, and if he is fully focused he really has a good opportunity to go on a deep run here at the Rogers Cup. He is the massive favorite here against James Duckworth and is favored to win this match easily.
James Duckworth is unseeded here at the 2021 Toronto Open and is currently ranked #85 in the ATP world rankings. The Aussie entered this event as a Qualifier, but took full advantage by upsetting Taylor Fritz in the First Round in a stunning performance. He returned serve extremely well in that match, breaking serve three times and holding his nerve well to seal the victory. While that was one of the biggest wins of his career, he comes up against one of the best and most in-form player on the ATP Tour in Jannik Sinner and is the big underdog here. The only category that he is better than the Italian in is experience, although it can be argued that Sinner has more “top-level” experience. The Aussie will have to play the match of his life to have a chance here against the in-form Italian star.
This will be the second meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, with the Italian leading the head to head 1-0. They faced each other in Cologne last year with Sinner winning 6-1, 6-2 in a dominant performance. He has improved significantly since then, so I am expecting a similarly easy win here at the 2021 Toronto Open. James Duckworth lacks the weapons needed to be able to compete against Jannik Sinner, and I think that the young superstar will dominate this match from the baseline, cruising into the Round of 16 here at the Rogers Cup.
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