The ATP Mallorca Open 2021 will be a special affair for tennis in Spain as it becomes the first Grass tournament to be played in the country on the ATP circuit. It will also be the first tournament to be played in Mallorca since 2002.
The tournament was initially set to make it’s debut on the ATP circuit in the 2020 season, but due to Pandemic cancelling the entire Grass season, the 2021 edition will become the newest tournament on Grass in the build-up for the Wimbledon Championships.
The top half consists of top-seeded World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev who will be looking to prove his skills on Grass as he did on Clay this season at the 2021 French Open shushing the critics who called him only a ‘Hardcourt’ player. Medvedev will find it tough getting past the ever improving Lloyd Harris who’ll come from a quarter-final defeat this week at the Halle
World No. 12 and local boy Pablo Carreno Busta who has been seeded 4th also in the half who’ll be making his Grass debut for the season. It will be difficult for the Spaniard to get past Jordan Thompson who looks the favourite to win his first round clash as he is one of the better suited player for the Grass.
World No. 15 Casper Ruud has been given the 5th seed and following him comes the 8th and the last seed of the half, Dusan Lajovic who is currently ranked 40 in the ATP rankings. Since it will be the first Grass tournament for the majority since the 2019 Wimbledon, it will be difficult for them for a sudden change in surface and also due to their poor track record on the surface.
Other players to watch out in the half are Lloyd Harris, Tennys Sandgren and Pablo Andujar. Harris looks like the dark horse of the half as he will be coming from the quarter-final run at the ATP Halle Open 2021 and can turn a few heads here as well.
Semi-Final Prediction: Lloyd Harris vs Jordan Thompson
The 2nd half is headlined by World No. 5 Dominic Thiem who’s seeded 2nd. He’s likely to face Jan-Lennard Struff in the 2nd round which can be a tough test for the Austrian. If he moves past Struff, he’s most likely to face the winner of the clash between World No. 27 and the 6th seeded Karen Khachanov and Feliciano Lopez who are both favourite for their Round 1 clash.
World No. 10 and Roberto Bautista Agut has been given the 3rd seed and is likely to make it easily till the quarter-finals. In the quarters, he can face a tricky clash most likely against World No. 31 and 7th seeded Ugo Humbert who’s having a great run at the Halle Open 2021 where he’s into the semi-finals.
While there are 3 qualifiers who are yet to be drafted into the half, of the remaining players Sam Querrey can definitely cause a few upsets against the seeds as he’s been a great player on Grass historically but is struggling this season on all surfaces so far.
Semi-Final Prediction: Roberto Bautista Agut vs Karen Khachanov
Jordan Thompson looks to progress into the finals defeating Lloyd Harris as Jordan is considerably better player than Harris on the surface. Harris has had his share of success so far on Hardcourts but will find it difficult against the Australian who’s better suited on Grass.
Roberto Bautista Agut will have the edge over the Russian as he’s more experienced and has a better record on Grass than him. Apart from the support from the stands for being the local boy, Agut has maintained an excellent record on Grass and also this season.
Final: Jordan Thompson vs Roberto Bautista Agut
ATP Mallorca Open 2021: Final
Thompson will be motivated for his maiden title on the ATP tour after 7 titles at the Challenger level, he will find it difficult against Agut who will be chasing his 10th career title and 2nd on Grass and with rallying support from the stands to cheer the Spaniard, he looks the favourite to claim the title in Mallorca.
Sarthak Shitole is a tennis writer at FirstSportz having curated more than 2900 articles in two years. He's been following the sport for more than a decade and over the years, has developed a neutral perspective on the sport while having an unbiased liking to a lot of players for their playing style. His interest extends to other games as well with a fascination to know about the sports' history and statistics as well.
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