2021 San Diego Open Draw Preview and Evaluation

Welcome to Tennis Elbow, the column that appears again on the week that was on the earth of tennis. This week, Charles Blouin-Gascon previews the 2021 San Diego Open.

In some way, the 2021 San Diego Open has grow to be fairly the blockbuster September cease on the tennis calendar.

Severely, one look at said calendar would present you that the California occasion is sandwiched between the Laver Cup and the cancelled Chengdu Open. (Or between the Laver Cup and the Sofia Open if you happen to look additional down.) The San Diego Open is a mere Masters 250 occasion in a month filled with them, a prelude to the precise massive Californian prize in October that’s the BNP Paribas Open.

What’s the San Diego Open?

Ha! Good one. When you dig deeper, you’ll see this San Diego Open is much from the standard Masters 250 occasion. Briefly, this singles draw is completely loaded. It’s proof that whereas a couple of gamers have taken time without work that there are nonetheless loads of issues to regulate and to play for. That is undeniably a great factor.

Due to that, we figured that we’d write a little bit draw preview and evaluation regardless of this occasion not being one of many, quote-unquote, larger ones of the season. As a result of no matter what it seems like on paper, this occasion has grow to be an enormous deal.

Once more, these are our mere predictions and we by no means, form or kind know something about something. Depend on these as you see match.

Singles draw

With merely 32 gamers in the principle draw, you solely must win twice to make the quarterfinals…and solely as soon as if you happen to’re one of many 4 high seeds. That’s the fantastic thing about these “smaller” occasions: an awesome shock on a Cinderella run is just a few matches away from breaking by way of and making issues actually fascinating.

Andrey Rublev is the highest seed this week. He might have loads of faults and isn’t an ideal participant, however he’s constructed fairly the resume at such comparable occasions. Briefly, this San Diego Open, even one with a draw this stacked, is exactly the sort that he would win and that he has gained. Becoming a member of him within the quarterfinals in our prediction is Lloyd Harris based mostly extra on hope than something: we’d like to see if he can match his US Open run.

What goes on within the center?

Within the center two sections, all eyes shall be on Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime, every of whom will transfer from the pomp of the Laver Cup in Boston to California. There’s a risk of an all-Canadian ultimate staring us within the face, however we don’t imagine it occurs sadly. Largely as a result of we’re nonetheless a sucker for Aslan Karatsev.

Within the fourth and ultimate part of this draw, Casper Ruud lordes over because the second seed however all eyes shall be on a primary spherical match between two wild card benefittors. That’s proper, Kei Nishikori and Andy Murray will face off for the precise to battle Ruud within the second spherical, and the one purpose why we’re not that ecstatic about it’s it’s occurring in 2021 and never 2014. In response to bookmakers, the sport needs to be fairly balanced, though Nishikori is the slight favorite. Unibet, probably the most fashionable legal betting sites in Canada, provides odds 1.70 for Nishikori and a pair of.18 for Andy Murray.

Who do you bought?

Quarterfinals: Andrey Rublev over Lloyd Harris; Denis Shapovalov over Cameron Norrie; Aslan Karatsev over Felix Auger-Aliassime; Casper Ruud over Sebastian Korda

Semifinals: Andrey Rublev over Denis Shapovalov; Casper Ruud over Aslan Karatsev

Remaining: Andrey Rublev over Casper Ruud

Comply with Charles Blouin-Gascon on Twitter @RealCBG

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