Winston-Salem Open 2021: Richard Gasquet vs Emil Ruusuvuori Tennis Pick and Prediction

Winston-Salem Open 2021: Richard Gasquet vs Emil Ruusuvuori Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 Winston-Salem Open as Richard Gasquet [14] takes on Emil Ruusuvuori in the Quarter-Finals on Thursday, August 26th, 2021.

Will Richard Gasquet move on? Will Emil Ruusuvuori pull off the upset? This match will be an interesting one, where we have a veteran of the ATP tour taking on a youngster in some hot form. Who will move on to the Semi-Finals at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open?

Richard Gasquet got a fantastic win in his upset over Evans, defeating him in a tight battle 6-4 7-6. With only a difference of 3 points in the match, it was definitely a close one despite the straight sets victory. Despite that brilliant performance though, Emil Ruusuvuori will be a very hard opponent, as he also caused a pretty big upset, playing some of the tennis of his life. Gasquet will have to serve very well, which is most certainly not his strongest attribute, as well as play pretty aggressively attempting to utilize his flatter backhand that he can rip through the court, as well as just trying to grind it out with him and attack any short balls he gets. To take out a younger, faster opponent who can hit through the ball more than he can at this point, he will need to play pretty aggressively in my mind if he wants to come out on top in this match at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open.

Emil Ruusuvuori got a fantastic win over Benoit Paire, defeating the Frenchman in 3 sets. He played some fantastic tennis, with very solid levels on serve, he was able to play very well from the back of the court, getting Paire into longer engagements and also playing pretty aggressive at times. He has another tough one ahead of him in Richard Gasquet, however, he can definitely be hopeful in pulling off the upset, as Paire was one of the hottest players in the tournament and he took him down. I think if they both play the way that they did, Ruusuvuori should get through it without a ton of trouble, however, his break point conversion rate was only 3/10, which is not particularly great. In fact, it’s most certainly less than ideal, now, he can be happy that Gasquet is not as good of a server as Paire, however, he will want to get a clearer idea in his mind of what he wants to do on those break opportunities and stick to that gameplan throughout the match.

Richard Gasquet and Emil Ruusuvuori have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. It’s an interesting match up, and I feel like if Ruusuvuori doesn’t go for his shots, and often holds back on letting go and ripping some of them as well, Gasquet could meet some expectations and go through, the problem is, I feel like Ruusuvuori is just going to be much more effective in longer engagements from the back of the court, and with their two playing styles I feel like those long rallies will happen more often. Especially if Gasquet doesn’t play as aggressive as he needs to, then I foresee Ruusuvuori having a lot of time and many opportunities to change direction and start to play more aggressively himself. It should be an interesting one, and while I do think Emil Ruusuvuori will pull off the upset, it could most certainly be a tough match!

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