TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Aslan Karatsev takes on Jaume Munar in the Round of 128 on Tuesday, August 31st, 2021.
Will Jaume Munar get one of his best wins against a very tough opponent in these hot hard court conditions? Will Aslan Karatsev show us his amazing tennis which we know he can play in these conditions as he showed us in the first hard court season of the year? Both players are experienced and can put on a show, but only one will make their way to the Round of 64 of the 2021 US Open. Who will it be?
Jaume Munar has been playing matches at the Cincinnati Open and the Winston-Salem Open in the last month aiming to find his form, however, he has gone 1-2 in his matches and he has not been at his best. Jaume is a very solid baseline rallier, with great form. However, his game is much more suited to clay court conditions because he does not have a huge serve and he is not a one-two powerhitter, but rather a fighter. Jaume Munar knows he can still compete though and he will give it his best, but he has a very tough opponent right from the start here at the 2021 US Open against Aslan Karatsev.
Aslan Karatsev started off the 2021 season in amazing fashion, reaching the Semi-Final of the Australian Open, and then playing great in most hard court tournaments as well as winning the Dubai Open. However, in his last 10 matches, Aslan has gone 3-7 and he has not found his form yet in thease similar conditions to where he was at his best earlier in the year. However, in a best of 5 set match, Aslan will have more time to find his rhythm and he will definitely work hard to ensure that after the first two matches he is ready to compete at his best, and cruise through opponents like Jaume Munar at the 2021 US Open.
Aslan Karatsev and Jaume Munar have met 1 time before, with Jaume Munar leading the head to head 1-0. They met in 2017 and Jaume won in 2 sets. However, this match is not really indicative of anything as it was a qualifying match and neither of them are at the same level that they are nowadays. I expect a good match here between two different playing styles, but I see Aslan cruising here as well as he aims to find the same form he showed in the first few months of 2021. Aslan will be very strong and get himself in the Round of 64 of the 2021 US Open by powering through Jaume Munar.
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