ATP Munich 2021: Men’s Singles Draw Preview, Analysis and Prediction for BMW Open

Alexander Zverev makes his return to the clay courts of Munich this week as Casper Ruud and Aslan Karatsev are among some other big names to participate at the ATP Munich 2021.

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Alexander Zverev Casper Ruud Aslan Karatsev
Alexander Zverev Casper Ruud Aslan Karatsev

ATP Munich 2021, an ATP 250 event, will be held from April 26th- May 2nd in the beautiful city of Munich in Germany. The tournament will be played on outdoor clay courts and the field will be led by Alexander Zverev, who is a two time Champion here. Apart from him Casper Ruud, Aslan Karatsev, and Filip Krajinovic will be part of the main draw. 

Other noteworthy players are Dusan Lajovic, Nikoloz Basilashvili and former three-time champion Philipp Kohlschreiber

Tournament Details:

  • Tournament: ATP Munich 2021
  • Date: April 26 to May 2nd, 2021
  • Number of Entrants: 28 (Singles), 16(Doubles)  
  • Venue: Munich, Germany
  • Surface: Clay Court
  • Prize Money: €419,470
  • Defending champion: Cristian Garin

Top Seeds at the ATP Munich 2021

  • Alexander Zverev (Germany)
  • Casper Ruud (Greece)
  • Aslan Karatsev (Russia)
  • Filip Krajinovic(Serbia)

Men’s Draw Prediction and Analysis

Top Half

 Filip Krajinovic
Filip Krajinovic

The top half of the draw includes among others, the top seed Alexander Zverev, fourth seed Filip Krajinovic, sixth seed Dusan Lajovic. and seventh seed Jan-Lennard Struff. Top seed Zverev has a bye in the first round. His first match of any degree of difficulty will be in the Quarter-final. In the Quarter-final he will face the winner of Emil Ruusuvuori vs Dusan Lajovic, which will be Emil Ruusuvuori.

Zverev is expected to defeat Ruusuvuori and make his way into the Semi-finals. Another match of importance, in the initial phrase, will be Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Jan-Lennard Struff in the round of sixteen. The winner of this match, which will be Struff, will face Filip Krajinovic in the Quarter-finals. This match will be won by Krajinovic, who will then make his way into the Semi-finals to face Alexander Zverev. 

First Semifinal Prediction: Alexander Zverev vs Filip Krajinovic. 

Bottom Half

Casper Ruud
Casper Ruud

The bottom half of the draw has some strong representation as well. It’s led by the second seed Casper Ruud, the third seed Aslan Karatsev, the fifth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili and not to forget the eighth seed John Millman. The first match of importance from the lower half of the draw will be the round of sixteen encounter between Nikoloz Basilashvili and Sebastian Korda. Korda is expected to win this contest and face Karatsev in the Quarter-finals.

Karatsev is expected to defeat Korda and make his way to the Semi-finals. The second important encounter in the round of sixteen will be between Egor Gerasimov and Alexei Popyrin. The winner of this match, which will be Popyrin, will face Casper Ruud. Rudd is likely to win this match and move into the Semi-finals to face Karatsev. 

Second Semifinal Prediction: Aslan Karatsev vs Casper Ruud. 

Semifinals

Aslan Karatsev
Aslan Karatsev

The first Semi Final will feature Alexander Zverev and Filip Krajinovic. Zverev has done well in the event in the past and will be looking to get his clay court swing on track with a good performance here. He will face world no.33 from Serbia Filip Krajinovic. Zverev is expected to win this match. 

The second Semifinal stars Aslan Karatsev and Casper Ruud. 2021 has been the breakthrough year for Aslan Karatsev. He has reached the Semi-finals of the Australian Open and won the Dubai Open. Karatsev, who is competing in the Serbia Open right now, is ranked at no.28 in the world. His opponent Ruud is just coming off a semi final appearance at the Monte Carlo Masters. 

Final Prediction: Alexander Zverev vs Aslan Karatsev. 

Final

Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev

The Final will be between Alexander Zverev and Aslan Karatsev. Both the players have won a title each in the last couple of months. It will be a close match but the German has familiarity on his side which will make the difference. Zverev should see this through. 

To Lift the Title: Alexander Zverev  

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