TennisSection previews the 2022 Pune Open as Emil Ruusuvuori takes on Egor Gerasimov in the first round on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022.
Will Egor Gerasimov show us his huge hitting tennis as he aims to cause an early upset? Will Emil Ruusuvuori show us the strong form which he showed in Australia as he aims to give himself a chance early on at the Pune Open? Both players are big hitters and determined to win, but only one will make their way to the second round of the 2022 Pune Open. Who will it be?
Egor Gerasimov will be very happy with how he started his 2022 season, reaching the quarter finals of the Adelaide 1 Open and also taking a set off of Hubert Hurkacz in the opening match at the Australian Open. Egor is a great player who has amazing power behind his shots, with a huge serve and forehand. Gerasimov will want to get his ranking higher in 2022 to allow himself to get into tournaments before big tournaments without having to go through qualifying, and he knows that those ranking points are earned in tournaments like the 2022 Pune Open. However, he meets the tough Emil Ruusuvuori right from the start.
Emil Ruusuvuori started off very well in 2022, reaching the semi finals in his first tournament in Melbourne, and then nearly causing an upset against the world no.9, Felix Auger-Aliassime at the Australian Open. Emil is a great player who is able to hit the ball very flat and take time away from his opponents. In 2021, Emil Ruusuvuori did not really play as well and as much as he would have liked to because of injury, but if his first 2 tournaments are anything to go off of, Emil has a great 2022 season ahead and he will want to get some more wins here at the 2022 Pune Open against the likes of Egor Gerasimov.
Emil Ruusuvuori and Egor Gerasimov have met 1 time before, with Egor Gerasimov leading the head to head 1-0. They met in Marseille in qualifying in 2020, where Egor won in 3 extremely tight sets. Egor has more experience on the tour, with about double the matches under his belt. However, he has also had 8 more years of experience. This shows the great tennis and achievements from Emil at such a young age, and how much potential he has. I expect a tight match here as both players are determined to show off their early season form at the 2022 Pune Open. However, Emil has impressed more so far in 2022, and I think if he comes out like that, he will win this.
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