TennisSection previews the 2021 Cincinnati Open Open as Diego Schwartzman takes on Dan Evans in the Round of 64 on Monday, August 16th, 2021.
Will Diego Schwartzman maintain his form? Will Dan Evans get back to winning ways? This match will be an interesting one, where we have two extremely different styles and high-profile ones at that going head to head. Who will move on to the Round of 32 at the 2021 Cincinnati Open?
Diego Schwartzman has had a pretty good year, having some impressive and consistent results, his most recent form in the Toronto Open was quite high, simply messing up on 3 match point opportunities he had over RBA. I think Schwartzman will match up quite well against Dan Evans, using his consistent and heavy balls to make it difficult for Evans to play his very specific game style. Schwartzman is also the one who has had much better results in the last month, which should give him a lot of confidence that he’ll be able to come out on top here. I expect Schwartzman to have many crosscourt exchanges, occasionally pulling the trigger or being aggressive whenever Evans lets up on his shots and presents Diego with an opportunity to close in on it. I really like his chances to go through here to the Round of 32 at the 2021 Cincinnati Open.
Dan Evans has had an up and down year, starting it off with his maiden career title and a win over world no.1 Novak Djokovic, although he has slowed down as of late, struggling to win a couple of matches in the same tournament. With results like that, it’ll be very tough to take on Diego Schwartzman who has been playing so consistently this year and so well in even the last month. One thing though that Evans should be happy about is that Cincinnati plays very fast, and you would think this gives him the edge here, having had better results on faster courts overall. But Schwartzman should not be underestimated, and considering that it’s still a hard court, and Diego is really capable of taking the ball on the rise and going for big shots as well despite his size, it’s not too much of a difference in court speed to give him that much of a disadvantage in my eyes. Evans will most likely have to hit his forehand very hard, slicing with sharp angles, definitely a more risky style for his liking, but that’s what he’ll have to do in order to pull the upset and be competitive for a spot in the Round of 32 at the 2021 Cincinnati Open.
Diego Schwartzman and Dan Evans have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. It could potentially be a close one, but the fact that Evans isn’t the best returner, is a worrying sign for him, considering this is a fast court and it will amplify Schwartzman’s rather lackluster serve, while Diego will also be able to make so many returns off the Evans serve, considering he’s one of the best returners on the ATP Tour, and will likely take advantage of many second serves, resulting in a tough time for Dan Evans tomorrow. Evans will have to play some aggressive tennis, as that is the best way to take out Diego Schwartzman, let’s see if he has what it takes to pose a challenge to him tomorrow and clash for a spot in the Round of 32 at the 2021 Cincinnati Open.
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