MyBookie is back with another ATP 2021 European Open daily update, where we take a look at the upcoming matches and provide our betting preview and analysis for the bouts.
Here is everything you need to know about Thursday’s 2021 European Open bouts with all the information you’ll ever need to place bets on European Open odds.
European Open Tennis Update – Thursday, October 21 Games Odds | ATP Betting
Roberto Bautista-Agut vs Marton Fucsovics
- When: Thursday, October 21 – 14:30 CEST
Roberto Bautista-Agut (-185) has had a strong start to the year, making two finals in Qatar and Montpelier, but unfortunately lost both bouts. Still, he would go on to reach the semi-finals of the Miami Masters and has later added a QF finish in Toronto.
Of late, Bautista-Agut hasn’t had that much success, crashing out of the Cincinnati Masters in R1 and 2021 U.S. Open in R3. Last week, he also attended Indian Wells, where he made it past Guido Pella in R1 but then lost to the eventual champions, Cameron Norrie.
Marton Fucsovics’ (+139) performances were very similar to his next opponent’s since he also enjoyed far more success earlier into the season. Fucsovics has made it to the finals in Rotterdam and later added QF finish at Wimbledon – marking his career-best Grand Slam placement.
In Belgium, Fucsovics made it past Dennis Novak in straight sets, and while it wasn’t the cleanest game, Fucsovics has shown a lot of quality.
This is a match between two excellent players and players who were in much better earlier this year. Picking the side isn’t easy, but at the same time, it’s hard to doubt the higher-rated Bautista-Agut, who has also won his last meeting with Fucsovics.
Andy Murray vs Diego Schwartzman
- When: Thursday, October 21 – 18:30 CEST
Former no.1, Andy Murray (-133) recently crashed out of Cincinnati against Wimbledon semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz and later added another R2 exit in Winston Salem. He hadn’t had much more success at the 2021 U.S. Open, where Murray fell short against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round.
On a more positive note, Murray looked good at Indian Wells, where he looked poised for a strong finish before he had to admit defeat to the current no.5, Alexander Zverev. The Brit also played well in the 2021 European Open opening round, where he beat Frances Tiafoe in 3:45 hours, proving that, despite his age, he still has a lot left in the tank.
Diego Schwartzman (+101) has had a mixed season, with both disappointing performances and occasional moments of greatness. He won a title in Buenos Aires and made it to QF at Roland Garros, where he won the first set against Rafael Nadal before admitting defeat 1-3.
Despite his occasional moments of brilliance, Schwartzman did not impress of late, most notably in Toronto, where he seemed like he lacked confidence. That was again very evident in his loss to Botik Van De Zandschulp at the 2021 U.S. Open Round of 16.
Even though Schwartzman is a decent hard-court player, his only title on this surface came at Los Cabos 2019. His other three tournament titles all came on clay.
There is no denying that this will be an exciting match, and surprisingly, it will also be the first time Murray and Schwartzman will meet. Again you could question Murray and whether he is fit enough to take on Schwartzman after his long fight with Tiafoe; however, he has definitely shown enough for us to feel confident about the Brit.
It could be a close one, but we prefer Murray to win in three sets.
Brandon Nakashima vs Henri Laaksonen
- When: Thursday, October 21 – 20:00 CEST
Brandon Nakashima (-232) broke into the top 100 for the first time this year and made two consecutive finals in Washington and Los Cabos in July. Now, he needs only a couple more solid performances to qualify for the NexGen Finals, and we can be sure he will be hungry to prove his worth.
Nakashima has made it through the qualifiers and added a massive win against the sixth-seeded Alex de Minaur in the first round. Even though his opponent hasn’t had the best performance on the day, Nakashima deserves plenty of praise for that win.
Henri Laaksonen (+171) might not be as recognized as Nakashima; however, he is the highest-rated Swiss tennis player due to Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka struggling with injuries. Like Nakashima, Laaksonen had to fight through the qualifiers where he did not disappoint.
He later added a convincing win against Benoit Paire; however, it’s worth noting that Paire could have won had he not started to struggle in the second set.
This could be a close match, but we like Nakashima better. He is higher rated, in great form, and needs to deliver in order to book a ticket for Milan next month.