Yuki Bhambri will take on Aljaz Bedene in the first round of the Dubai Open 2021. Bhambri is currently unranked on the ATP rankings and is using a protected ranking of 127. While Bedene is the current World no.59.
- Tournament: ATP Dubai Open 2021
- Match: Yuki Bhambri vs Aljaz Bedene
- Round: First Round
- Date: 15th March, 2021
- Prize Money: $13,300
- Venue: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
Yuki Bhambri vs Aljaz Bedene : Preview
Bhambri, who last played tennis in October 2018, was out with a knee injury for more than two years, before making a comeback at the Singapore open last month. Bhambri who is obviously unranked at this point, after being out for such a long time, used his protected ranking of 127 to qualify for the Singapore Open.
As per the guidelines of the ATP, once you become eligible to use your protected ranking, you can only do so to participate in 12 tournaments in the next 12 months. The starting date will be the first one that you participated in. At the Dubai Open, Bhambri came through Qualifiers to set up his match in the main draw. In the first Qualifier he beat Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-1 6-4 and in the second one he defeated Ramkumar Ramanathan in three sets 7-5 5-7 6-2.
His first round opponent is Aljaz Bedene from Slovenia. Bedene lost in the first round of the Australian Open in four sets to Alexander Bublik,4-6 5-7 7-5 4-6. In the Montpellier Open, he beat Jannik Sinner in the first round, in three sets, 3-6 6-2 7-6. In the second round though he lost to Egor Gerasimov in straight sets.
Yuki Bhambri vs Aljaz Bedene: Head-to-Head
These two players haven’t met before on the tour, so the head to head is at 0-0.
Yuki Bhambri vs Aljaz Bedene: Prediction
Bhambri from India was once ranked as high as no.83 in the world, and he has the game to be in the top 100. He primarily plays counter attacking tennis and can absorb pressure well. But against Bedene it’s a step too far for Bhambri right now. Bedene is the player in form and will win this game.
Match Prediction: Aljaz Bedene to win in straight sets.