TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Alexander Zverev takes on Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Round of 64 on Thursday, September 2nd, 2021.
Will Albert Ramos-Vinolas be able to beat one of the most in form players out there at the moment and show us that he still has the game? Will Alexander Zverev continue to dominate in these hot hard court conditions as he aims to get closer to another Final here at the 2021 US Open in hopes for redemption for last year? This will be a very interesting match between experience and one of the best stars of the game. Who will make their way to the Round of 32 of the 2021 US Open?
Albert Ramos-Vinolas came through an extremely tight opening match against the experienced Lucas Pouille, beating the Frenchman in 5 sets 6-1/5-7/5-7/7-5/6-4. Although the encounter was extremely entertaining to watch, Albert should not be having to play such long matches against someone like Lucas Pouille. Albert Ramos-Vinolas has been in great form in 2021, and he is at a much higher level than what was shown. However, his body and mental game will be tired after that match and he is going to have to ensure a speedy recovery if he is going to get anything out of the in form Alexander Zverev here at the 2021 US Open.
Alexander Zverev cruised through his opening match, beating the big swinging Sam Querrey in straight sets 6-4/7-5/6-2. Alexander was great in the match, winning 90% of first serves and 64% of second serves. The most important statistic in my opinion is the fact that he only hit 1 double fault throughout the entire match. Alexander is making strides in his game left, right, and center, and he seems to be in a strong place to go as far, if not further here at the 2021 US Open than what he achieved in 2020. However, he needs to ensure his movement is at its best against the movement heavy veteran, Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Alexander Zverev and Albert Ramos-Vinolas have met 1 time before, with Albert Ramos-Vinolas leading the head to head 1-0. Their only match does not really count as it was in a Challenger Tour tournament in 2014 when Zverev was 16 years old. If this was a match on clay, I could see Albert getting involved in some tight sets because of his great movement and experience on the surface. However, in these hot hard court conditions, Albert does not have the weapons to hang in with someone of Zverev’s calibre who has a huge serve and a solid baseline game. If Albert struggled against Pouille, Zverev is going to cruise through the Spaniard as he makes his way to the Round of 32 of the 2021 US Open.
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