TennisSection previews the 2021 Kremlin Cup as Tommy Paul takes on Mikael Ymer in the Round of 32 on Tuesday, October 19th, 2021.
Will Tommy Paul move on? Will Mikael Ymer pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have two young players, who have great levels of play at their best. Who will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Kremlin Cup?
Tommy Paul has got a great chance of getting through to the next round here coming up against Mikael Ymer. He played a great tournament at Indian Wells, taking out Andrey Rublev, grabbing the biggest win of his career. He lost to Cameron Norrie, who is in some form, winning the tournament in the end. He shouldn’t be too worried here, as Ymer got in as a lucky loser, having lost in the final rounds of qualifying. He also has a much higher ranking and is more consistent overall, let’s see if he can put on an exhibition of those fiery and versatile groundstrokes, and show us that he is ready to compete and potentially make himself one of the favorites for the title at the 2021 Kremlin Cup.
Mikael Ymer got in as a lucky loser, having lost out to Gerasimov in the final round of qualifying. Now he has to take on Tommy Paul, it will most certainly be a tough match, Ymer is very inconsistent, sometimes being able to play incredible tennis, and at other times, he can hardly put a ball in the court. In order to take out Paul, he will have to play better, and it’s as simple as that, Ymer plays a game where his groundstrokes are relatively aggressive, but the point for him is that they should be consistent – they are not. Paul will have a lot of confidence after that first top 5 win, and he will likely get through this one without much trouble to move on to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Kremlin Cup.
Tommy Paul and Mikael Ymer have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. Both players play relatively similarly. I feel like Ymer has a lot more potential, at his best, his groundstrokes are really good, possessing incredible accuracy. Tommy Paul is able to amp up his groundstrokes too, but normally, he likes to play a more consistent game, especially against someone like Ymer. I don’t expect much drama in this match, I just expect Paul to get out onto the court, and stay focused on playing a simple game plan. If he can do that successfully, I’m sure he’ll get the win here rather easily to set up some good momentum as he kicks off his campaign here at the 2021 Kremlin Cup.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Tommy Paul to win in 2 sets.
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