Kitzbuhel Open 2021: Men’s Singles Draw Preview, Analysis and Predictions

The Kitzbuhel Open 2021 will be the final Clay tournament of the 2021 season set to be played in the city of Kitzbuhel in Austria as the curtain draws on 2021 Clay season.

Casper Ruud and Roberto Bautista Agut will be the top-2 seeds at the Kitzbuhel Open 2021
Casper Ruud and Roberto Bautista Agut

The Generali Kitzbuhel Open 2021 will be the final Clay tournament of the season as players start their preparations for the 2021 US Open, the final Grand Slam of the season. The Kitzbuhel Open has been one of the oldest tennis tournaments in Austria and after being demoted as a Challenger tournament in 2010, it was again made an ATP-250 tournament in 2011.

Tournament Details:

  • TournamentATP Kitzbuhel Open 2021
  • Date: July 26 – July 31, 2021
  • Number of Entrants: 32 (Singles), 16 (Doubles)
  • Venue: Kitzbuhel, Austria
  • Surface: Clay Court
  • Prize Money: $566,517
  • Defending championMiomir Kecmanovic (2019)

Top Seeds at Kitzbuhel Open 2021

  • Casper Ruud
  • Roberto Bautista Agut
  • Filip Krajinovic
  • Albert Ramos-Vinolas
  • Federico Delbonis
  • Laslo Djere
  • Aljaz Bedene
  • Richard Gasquet

Men’s Singles Draw Analysis and Prediction

Top Half

Jaume Munar
Jaume Munar

Top-seeded Casper Ruud receives a bye in the first round and is expected to meet Spaniard Jaume Munar who will open his campaign against one of the qualifiers. 7th seeded Aljaz Bedene will begin against Austrian wildcard entrant Alexander Erler and could meet Swedish Mikael Ymer in the 2nd round.

3rd seeded Filip Krajinovic gets a first-round bye and will meet Brazilian wildcard entrant Thiago Seyboth Wild. 5th seeded Federico Delbonis will clash with Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech, in the 2nd round, Federico is expected to play Stefano Travaglia, who will open his campaign against a qualifier.

First Semi-Final Prediction: Casper Ruud vs Filip Krajinovic

Bottom Half

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz

4th seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas gets a first-round bye and will meet either local boy Novak Denis or Italian Gianluca Mager. 6th seeded Laslo Djere will begin against German Daniel Altmaier and is expected to play Italian Marco Cecchinato in the 2nd round. Djere loos the favourite to make it into the quarter-finals and play Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

2nd seeded Roberto Bautista Agut also gets a first-round bye and is expected to play compatriot Pedro Martinez in the 2nd round. 8th seeded Richard Gasquet will begin against a qualifier and will most probably play Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz in the 2nd round, their 2nd meeting in two weeks as the duo are set to play in the finals of the Croatia Open 2021.

Second Semi-Final Prediction: Roberto Bautista Agut vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas

Semi-Finals

Albert Ramos Vinolas
Albert Ramos Vinolas

Casper Ruud has had a fantastic Clay season and will be the favourite this time around as well. He has already made it to the finals of the 2021 Gstaad Open where he is up against Hugo Gaston in his 3rd final of the season on Clay. Ruud is 23-5 on the season and looks certain to defeat Krajinovic who had a later resurgence on Clay this season.

Spanish veterans Vinolas and Agut could set up their 3rd career ATP meeting and 9th overall meeting including the Challenger tournaments. While Agut comes from a Round of 16 defeat at the Gstaad Open, Vinolas comes from a semi-final defeat to Alcaraz in the Croatia Open, looks the favourite to win the tie and advance ahead into the finals.

Kitzbuhel Open 2021 Finals Prediction: Casper Ruud vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas

Finals

Casper Ruud
Casper Ruud

Ruud and Vinolas could set their 6th career meeting in the finals of the Kitzbugel Open 2021. While Vinolas won their first 4 matches on the trot, Ruud won their last meeting and with improved form over the season, looks the favourite to win again and add another title to his tally this season.

Kitzbuhel Open 2021 Champion: Casper Ruud

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