Winston-Salem Open 2021: Mikael Ymer vs. Max Purcell Tennis Pick and Prediction

Winston-Salem Open 2021: Mikael Ymer vs. Max Purcell Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 Winston-Salem Open as Mikael Ymer meets Max Purcell in the Round of 16 on Wednesday August 25th, 2021.

A very expected match awaits us in the Round of 16 as unseeded duo Mikael Ymer and Max Purcell do battle at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open. Both men upset higher-ranked opponents to get to this stage and have a fantastic opportunity to reach the Quarter-Finals here in North Carolina. Ymer is the favorite on paper due to his higher ranking, can the young Aussie Purcell cause the upset and advance?

Mikael Ymer is unseeded here at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open and is currently ranked #90 on the ATP Tour. The young Swede has been on the Tour for a while now with mixed results, but has recently broken into the top 100 for the first time and has been getting some consistent results. Back to back Round of 16 runs at the Swiss Open and Kitzbuhel allowed him to build some momentum for this event and he now has an excellent opportunity to go one step further and reach the Quarter-Finals. He is a lot more experienced at this level than his next opponent Max Purcell, and his confidence will be sky-high after stunning Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-1 in the Second Round. While the Swede has no major weapons, he is extremely quick and is a very scrappy counter-puncher, the type of player that can be difficult to beat unless you can blow them off the court.

Max Purcell is ranked #205 on the ATP Tour and has had a lot of luck thus far here at the 2021 Winston-Salem. After losing in the Qualifying Rounds, he was given a lucky loser spot when a player withdrew from the tournament. He then received a walkover in the First Round after his opponent also withdrew, but made the absolute most of it by shocking the much higher ranked Jordan Thompson in straight sets. Purcell played some fantastic tennis in that match, and like his opponent Mikael Ymer will be highly confident of advancing here. The young Aussie has had some success recently, reaching the Semi-Finals in Eastbourne and now has a good opportunity to reach the Quarter-Finals here. While he is the underdog here against Ymer, his opponent is not unbeatable and he certainly has a shot of winning here at the Winston-Salem Open.

This is the first meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, and I do expect it to be a close one. Mikael Ymer is much higher ranked, sitting over 100 spots above his opponent Max Purcell, but the Aussie has shown his potential with that run in Eastbourne, so he should not be discounted here. I see this match going the distance and both men have a good chance of winning, but I am going with the young Swede here. He has more experience at this level than Purcell, and his counter-punching game and his ability to retrieve almost every ball will be difficult for his opponent to handle. This match will very likely go to three sets, but expect Mikael Ymer to get the win here, advancing to the Quarter-Finals here at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open.

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