TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Daniil Medvedev (2) meets Richard Gasquet in the First Round on Monday August 30th, 2021.
Daniil Medvedev is one of the main contenders for the title here at the 2021 US Open and will be ready and rearing to get his campaign off to a strong start here. The Russian has been having yet another solid season and has built some serious momentum heading into this event where he will face the veteran Frenchman Richard Gasquet. His opponent hasn’t been at his best in recent times but is still capable of some good tennis, can he cause the massive upset and send the number two seed packing?
Daniil Medvedev is ranked #2 on the ATP Tour and is the second seed here at the 2021 US Open. Along with Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev he is a major threat for the title here in Flushing Meadows, and will be expecting to make a deep run here as he searches for his first Grand Slam title. The Russian superstar has built some serious momentum heading into this event by winning the title at the Roger Cup and reached the Semis in Cincinnati. His all-court game is perfectly suited to the courts here in New York, and his ability to transition from defense to offense will be a handful for his opponent Richard Gasquet here. He is the big favorite heading into this encounter but he would be wise to not underestimate his opponent who is one of the most experienced players on the ATP Tour today and is a former top 10 player.
Richard Gasquet is unseeded here at the 2021 US Open and is currently ranked at #82 on the ATP Tour. The veteran Frenchman was once ranked as high as number 7 in the world but is approaching the end of a long and very successful career. After spending much of his career in the top 20, he has seen his ranking slide slowly after the past few seasons but will have been hoping for a strong performance here. Unfortunately, the draw has not been kind to him here and he will face world number two Daniil Medvedev who is a serious contender for the title here at the 2021 US Open. Gasquet is still capable of some solid tennis and won’t be a pushover, but he will have to play the best match he has in years to make this competitive.
This will be the third meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, with the head to head series being tied 1-1. This is an easy match to predict, and it will result in a comfortable win for Daniil Medvedev. If this match was five years ago then we would have a serious contest on our hands, but the reality is that Richard Gasquet is simply not the player that he once was and he will struggle here. Medvedev is one of the best players in the world and is a good bet to reach the Final here in New York, so I don’t expect him to have too many issues here. The Russian will win in straight sets here, advancing to the Second Round at the 2021 US Open.
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