ATP Swiss Open 2021: Men’s Singles Draw Preview, Analysis and Predictions for Gstaad 2021

The penultimate Clay tournament of the 2021 season, the ATP Swiss Open 2021 is set to begin on 19th July and will be played in the city of Gstaad on outdoor Clay.

Denis Shapovalov and Roberto Bautista Agut will be the top-seeds at the ATP Swiss Open 2021
Denis Shapovalov and Roberto Bautista Agut

The ATP Swiss Open 2021 held in Gstaad will be the penultimate Clay tournament of the season. The tournament will begin on 19th July and will have Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov as the top-seeded player for the tournament.

Tournament Details:

  • TournamentATP Swiss Open 2021
  • Date: July 19-25, 2021
  • Number of Entrants: 28 (Singles), 16 (Doubles)
  • Venue: Gstaad, Switzerland
  • Surface: Clay Court
  • Prize Money: $481,270
  • Defending champion: Albert Ramos Vinolas

Top Seeds at Swiss Open 2021

  • Denis Shapovalov
  • Roberto Bautista Agut
  • Casper Ruud
  • Cristian Garin
  • Federico Delbonis
  • Benoit Paire
  • Laslo Djere
  • Feliciano Lopez

Men’s Singles Draw Analysis and Prediction

Top Half

Casper Ruud will be 3rd seed at the ATP Swiss Open 2021
Casper Ruud

Top-seeded Denis Shapovalov heads the top-half of the draws and is guaranteed a direct qualification into the 2nd round as he receives a bye in the first round. Local lad Marc-Andrea Huesler will be up against 8th seeded Spaniard veteran Feliciano Lopez in the first round and can expect Alex Molcan as his opponent in the 2nd round who will start against Mikael Ymer.

3rd seeded Casper Ruud also gets a bye in the first round and can expect Yannick Hanfmann in the 2nd round as the German comes from a semi-final run at the ATP Bastad Open in Sweden. 6th seeded Benoit Paire will open against Jozef Kovalik and could face Tallon Griekspoor in the 2nd round.

First Semi-Final Prediction: Denis Shapovalov vs Casper Ruud

Bottom Half

Cristian Garin
Cristian Garin

2nd seeded Robert Bautista Agut gets a bye in the first round along with 4th seeded Cristian Garin entering round 2 directly. Wildcard entrants, Dominic Stricker and Leandro Riedi are placed in the bottom half and will begin against Arthur Rinderknech and 5th seeded Federico Delbonis respectively.

Garin can expect a match-up with Marc Polmans in the 2nd round while 7th seeded Laslo Djere will be facing either of the qualifiers who will confirm their berths on Sunday, 18th July.

Second Semi-Final Prediction: Laslo Djere vs Cristian Garin

Semi-Finals

Laslo Djere
Laslo Djere

Denis Shapovalov and Casper Ruud could set up their 2nd ever career meeting in the semi-finals and will meet again on Clay similar to their previous meeting in the finals of the 2021 Geneva Open where Ruud won in straight-sets to lift the title. Shapovalov has been in great form and will look to avenge the defeat.

Laslo Djere and Cristian Garin will be clashing in their 2nd tie and first on Clay. They have met earlier on the Challenger tournaments as well back in 2017 but have developed their games a lot since then. Djere will come from a semi-final defeat in the Hamburg Open while Garin enters from a quarter-final defeat at the Bastad Open.

Swiss Open Final Prediction: Casper Ruud vs Laslo Djere

Final

Casper Ruud
Casper Ruud

Upcoming Clay specialist Casper Ruud will clash with Laslo Djere in the finals. While Laslo comes from some good results, Casper has been no less and one can expect the Norwegian to lift the title again as he will come from the finals of the Bastad Open where he looks the favourite for the title.

Champion: Casper Ruud

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