TennisSection previews the 2021 Winston-Salem Open Open as Alexander Bublik  takes on Emil Ruusuvuori in the Round of 32 on Tuesday, August 24th, 2021.
Will Alexander Bublik get a good win? Will Emil Ruusuvuori pull off the upset? This match will be an interesting one, where we have one of the most exciting players on the ATP Tour taking on one of the next-gen stars. Who will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Salem Open?
Alexander Bublik has had a pretty good year, using his booming serve and versatile game to win many matches. He has been able to stay so consistent on serve, making it very hard for opponents to break him, he also has flat shots that he can make very spinny, being able to accelerate them to some of the most power on the ATP Tour, also creating insane angles and using his masterful touch. I do expect him to get a nice win over Emil Ruusuvuori, who is a new player on the tour, and will most likely not have the answers for many of Bublik’s shots, he doesn’t have any major stand-out weapons like Alexander has, so it will definitely be hard for him to find a way to win. Nevertheless, I do think if he can get a hold of a few second serves, he has a good shot of grinding it out with him from the baseline, this is where Bublik will try to watch out and finish off the points quickly like he loves to do.
Emil Ruusuvuori has a pretty well rounded game, with not one or two components of it standing out like most players do, he has consistent groundstrokes which he can accelerate through the court pretty quickly at the right moments, his serve is not particularly potent though, which is an area where Alexander Bublik will most certainly take advantage of, I think if Ruusuvuori misses a lot of first serves, Bublik will jump on them and try to rip the ball, he will also try to approach the net a lot on opportunities he gets, which will most certainly be difficult for Emil to handle. I think he’ll need to make a lot of first serves as breaking Bublik’s serve will be too rare of an opportunity for him to be able to rely on it, let’s see if he’ll be able to bring the level to cause problems for Alexander at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open.
Alexander Bublik and Emil Ruusuvuori have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. Alexander Bublik matches up pretty well against Emil in my eyes, as he’ll be able to get lots of very easy points on serve considering Ruusuvuori is not the strongest returner in the game, I think he’ll be able to pretty easily hold serve and serve out tiebreakers should those take place. Although, I expect for him to get a pretty easy win underway without the need for tiebreakers, it could very well turn into an interesting contest though, let’s see if Emil Ruusuvuori is able to bring a good level on serve and create opportunities for himself to try and challenge Bublik for a spot in the Round of 16 at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Alexander Bublik to win.
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