TennisSection previews the 2021 Winston-Salem Open as Ilya Ivashka takes on Emil Ruusuvuori in the Semi-Final on Friday, August 27th, 2021.
Will Ilya Ivashka win yet another match in his incredible run? Will Emil Ruusuvuori exceed expectations? This match will be an interesting one, where we have a very dangerous player who is playing some really aggressive tennis right now going head to head vs. a hopeful next-gen star. Who will move on to the Final at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open?
Ilya Ivashka played a really good match against the number one seed Pablo Carreno-Busta, taking him out in straight sets. He served exceptionally consistently, playing super aggressive and ripping winners from everywhere on the court. He did great off both wings, using incredible power to throw Busta off, instantly going for it off the return. If he’s able to play the same way against Emil Ruusuvuori, I definitely think that he has a fantastic shot of making it through to the final. I think the key will be with how soon he goes for the kill, if he tries to grind too much, there’s definitely a good chance he’ll lose as well, considering Ruusuvuori is playing some great tennis. Mostly though, as long as he goes for a winning shot and as long as he tries to constantly move the rallies side to side, I think he will win the match without a ton of resistance at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open.
Emil Ruusuvuori played a very solid match over Richard Gasquet, converting 4/6 break points and serving pretty consistently. He was able to make a lot of balls in the court and draw lots of unforced errors from Gasquet, as well as closing the point out at some occasions, which was great to see. However, this will not be enough to take on Ilya Ivashka who is playing some serious tennis right now, having taken out the number one seed rather easily. Ruusuvuori doesn’t have a lot of experience, and I foresee that he’ll have a lot of trouble defending against Ivashka’s continuous aggression, especially if Carreno-Busta couldn’t do it. It very well could turn into an interesting match, especially if Ivashka doens’t serve that well, however, the match mostly rests in the hands of Ivashka here at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open.
Ilya Ivashka and Emil Ruusuvuori have met once before, with Ilya Ivashka leading the head to head 1-0. Their one and only meeting was this year on the clay in Munich, with Ivashka winning very easily 6-1 6-2. While this was on the clay, Ivashka has only gotten better and there hasn’t been any drastic improvement from Ruusuvuori, this goes to show that he doesn’t have the best defensive skills, where theoretically he should be able to do better on clay. We’ll see how it goes, but since both players are playing their best tennis at the moment, it’s a safe bet to say that Ilya Ivashka will take this one and move through to the final at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Ilya Ivashka to Win.
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