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Player to watch: Emil Ruusuvuori

by Jonas Eriksson

Emil Ruusuvuori is another young player to watch. Yesterday he defeated Alexander Zverev at the Miami Open 1-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Emil Ruusuvuori is now up next against another young player to watch: Mikael Ymer (who upset Bashilashvili). We’re seeing more and more young players making big results in 2021, perhaps the tides are changing a bit?

“I don’t even know myself [how I turned this match around],” Ruusuvuori said in his on-court interview. “I wasn’t feeling very comfortable in the first set and I was making a lot of unforced errors. But slowly in the second I was starting to feel a bit better…

“Of course, it’s one of the biggest wins in my career so it feels good.”

Emil Ruusovuori’s Racquet

One of the resident HEAD experts on the Tennis Warehouse forums, Dr325i, says that Ruusuvuori’s racquet is similar to Jannik Sinner’s, a HEAD pro stock TGT301.4. based on the HEAD Speed Touch MP. Ruusuvuori’s racquet is customized up to an unstrung swing weight of 315 with lead tape at 3 and 9. I’m not sure about the weight and balance, but keep checking the forum thread if you’re curious. I will also update this post if I get an update from a pro stringer with more specs and strings.

It’s interesting that the Speed Touch mold is doing so well among big hitters on the tour like Sinner and Ruusuvuori.

Ruusuvuori’s game style is quite similar to Sinner’s in a way that they both generate seemingly effortless power of both wings. But as you might have seen, Nick Kyrgios is not impressed by this style of tennis.

How far can Ruusuvuori take his game? Since there are so many good players launching themselves onto the scene in recent months, it’s hard to say. It all depends on how they can transform their games and mental ability to the biggest stages in tennis.

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Hans March 27, 2021 - 21:48

I think Ruusuvuori is more fun to watch than Sinner. I have been watching most of his matches the last 6 months and he plays a bit like Djokovic defending the baseline at all cost, taking the balls very early, mixing it up a lot with down the line shots to break the percentage tennis template. Backhand is a real weapon. He also has a very nice short volley that most often ends the points when deployed, a bit like Nadal. Sinner hangs a bit deeper and is mostly about pace. Both of them should probably enlist the Fognini carisma academy.

There will be a lot of basline hitting against Ymer for sure. Ymer runs down almost anything and won’t get tired so Ruusuvuori must break that pattern with something.

J March 28, 2021 - 14:36

Agree, interesting player to watch and Sinner/Djoko esque.

However i’m currently loving how Seb Korda is playing, lovely light floaty movement, balanced shots that just flow. He has worked hard with his coach…..and it can’t hurt having Dad, Steffi amd Andre in your support/influence network either.

What he did to Fognini yesterday was jusy spectacularly top quality, and also looked so certain.

‘He just see’s tennis kn a whole new way now’..

Loving the early ball sort of ‘Andre’ returns he seems to do so well. Loving the ‘Almost Fed’ sort of relaxed flow on serve….and that backhand and forhand are things of beauty. And he can volley!! Some stunning shot selection yesterday.

And he seems to have a hell of a tennis brain too.

Might very well be my new ‘favourite player’ Seb Korda. I think he might be the real deal.

We could be blessed with a far better era ahead than Mr Kygrios suggests


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