Tommy Paul vs. Aslan Karatsev is the matchup.
Date: July 24, 2021
Olympics 2021 tournament
Round: The First (Round of 64)
Ariake Tennis Park is located in Tokyo, Japan.
Olympic Games are in this category.
Outdoor hard surface
Match time: 3 p.m. local time, 6 a.m. GMT, 2 a.m. ET
Live telecast: NBC and Peacock TV in the United States; BBC TV in the United Kingdom; Sony Liv in India.
Preview of Tommy Paul vs. Aslan Karatsev
On Saturday, Tommy Paul, a talented American, and Aslan Karatsev, a rising star from Russia, will compete in the opening round of the 2021 Olympics.
Paul will be competing in his first tournament after losing in the second round of Roland Garros to Daniil Medvedev. During the contest, the American sustained a slight injury and has been on the mend ever since.
Meanwhile, Karatsev is coming off a disappointing grasscourt season in which he was eliminated early from both the Birmingham Classic and Wimbledon Championships.
The Russian had a great start to the season, reaching the Australian Open semifinals. Over the next few months, he followed that up by winning his first ATP title in Dubai and reaching the final of the Belgrade Open.
Karatsev has already had a fantastic season and will seek to finish it off in Tokyo with a strong showing.
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Aslan Karatsev vs. Tommy Paul head-to-head
Aslan Karatsev and Tommy Paul will be meeting for the first time in their careers, and their current head-to-head record is 0-0.
Prediction for Tommy Paul vs. Aslan Karatsev
Aslan Karatsev and Tommy Paul are both aggressive baseliners who prefer playing on hardcourts. Karatsev’s recent form puts him a little favorite entering into this first-round match.
With his flat groundstrokes, the Russian prefers to play attacking tennis, seizing control of rallies. He can also finish points at the net and is fairly comfortable pushing forward.
Paul is more than capable of going toe-to-toe with the Russian from the back of the court, but given that this is his first encounter in over a month, he could be rusty.
Prediction: Aslan Karatsev to win in three sets