World No. 169, Elias Ymer of Sweden will take on Ilya Ivashka of Belarus the world number 53, in the first round of the 2021Astana Open on Tuesday, August 21. Get the live streaming options of this Elias Ymer v Ilya Ivashka match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Elias Ymer v Ilya Ivashka Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first match between the 25-year old Swede, and the man from Belarus, who is two years older.
Can Elias Avenge His Brother?
Ymer’s biggest senior success on tour came in the doubles with his brother Mikael when they won their home event of the Swedish Open in 2016.
Elias spends most of his time on the Challenger tour where he reached his first final in two years on the clay of Lyon in June, losing to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in straight sets.
He did though mange to qualify for the main draw in Washington, where he got to the second round before losing to John Millman.
His qualifying campaign for the US Open did not get further than the first round stage, but he has done better in Nur-Sultan, defeating first local player Grigory Lomakin, and then the American Maxime Cressy in three sets on Monday.
Winston Salem Winner Ivashka
Ivashka has enjoyed his best year on tour, reaching a career high ranking and beating a player in the top ten for the first time, defeating Alexander Zverev in front of his home fans in Munich.
He then reached the fourth round oi Wimbledon, his best ever showing at a Grand Slam, but the icing on the cake came in Winston Sale, where he thrashed Mikael Ymer of Sweden to win his first senior ATP title.
From there he went to the US Open where he got to the third round for the first time, defeating Tennys Sandgren and Vasek Pospisil along the way, before eventually losing to Matteo Berrettini of Italy in five sets.
He missed his country’s Davis Cup tie with Argentina to focus on this tournament and must be considered among the dark horses for this event.
Ymer v Ivashka Prediction and Tip
It is a twist of fate for Ivashka to be drawn against the elder Ymer brother a month after he played his younger sibling in the final of Winston Salem, He thrashed Mikael on that occasion, who is the higher ranked of the pair, and he will be expected to win easily again.