TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Roberto Bautista Agut (18) meets Emil Ruusuvuori in the Second Round on Wednesday August 31st, 2021.
An intriguing match is expected here as the veteran Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut does battle with the promising Emil Ruusuvuori with a spot in the Third Round at the 2021 US Open up for grabs. Both men were outstanding in their First Round wins and will be hoping to go even further. Who will get the win and advance here in New York?
Roberto Bautista Agut is the eighteenth seed here at the 2021 US Open and is currently ranked #21 on the ATP Tour. The veteran Spaniard is a fearsome competitor and has built a reputation of being one of the most mentally strong and most consistent performers on the Tour. He has been uncharacteristically inconsistent since Wimbledon, losing in the First Round of three of his past four tournaments, with only a Quarter-Final showing at the Rogers Cup being a performance of note. He put his poor recent performances behind with a straight-sets thumping of Nick Kyrgios and seems to be back in form. In a flawless match he never allowed the dynamic Aussie to get in a rhythm, completely knocking the win out of his sails en route to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 victory. With his mojo back he will be a dangerous opponent for the rest of the draw and is the big favorite here against Emil Ruusuvuori.
Emil Ruusuvuori is unseeded here at the 2021 US Open and is ranked #66 on the ATP Tour. The Finn is considered one of the most promising young players on the Tour and will be a dangerous opponent for the highly rated Roberto Bautista Agut. Other than a small blip in the third set, he was simply outstanding in his First Round win over Kamil Majchrzak, dominating his Polish opponent in the three other sets. His ultra-aggressive game can pose serious problems if it is clicking and while he is inexperienced he seems to be playing without pressure or fear. He is the big underdog here, but RBA would be wise to not underestimate his up and coming opponent here.
This will be the first meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, and I am anticipating a very exciting match. Roberto Bautista Agut is the obvious favorite on paper, but Emil Ruusuvuori is a star in the making and on the right day can cause some serious damage. However, I don’t think that he is really mentally nor physically to grind it out for five sets with one of the fiercest and fittest competitors on the ATP Tour. Playing RBA is always a huge battle regardless of the outcome as he gives it his all on every single point. I am expecting some very competitive tennis early on, but the Spaniard will eventually pull away, advancing to the Third Round here at the 2021 US Open.
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