World Number 83 Emil Ruusuvuori Stuns Alexander Zverev at Miami Open 2021

Published 03/26/2021, 9:44 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Cup – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 5, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev in action during his group stage match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


World No. 7 Alexander Zverev played his first match at Miami Open 2021 against 21-year-old Finnish professional Emil Ruusuvuori. Unfortuantely, with the final score being 6-1, 3-6, 1-6, it also became his last match in the Masters 1000 event in South Florida.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The big upset is a bit hard to believe, especially since the 23-year-old clinched the Acapulco title just a few days ago. However, the courageous battle from the World No. 83 got the better of him.

Surprisingly, at the end of the opening set, the match was as good as over for the Finnish player. However, Emil’s comeback from a 6-1 loss in the first is inarguably one of the unexcepted pull-offs in the tournament so far.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

“These Are Small Things”: Dominic Thiem’s Father Plays Down His Foot Problem

4 months ago

Ruusuvuori’s incredible fightback against Alexander Zverev

Emil Ruusuvuori reached the R64 after a tight win over Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz Garfia 4-6, 6-2, 5-7. Following that, he had to go through the third seed to make it to the next round.

Mar 26, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland hits a backhand against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) in the second round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Nevertheless, the pressure of the match and the opponent caused Emil to stay out of focus, and in-form Alexander Zverev took full advantage of that. Accordingly, after some heavy-hitting, the German took the opening set comfortably with a 6-1 score.

Notably, the 21-year-old showed resilience and determination in what would be the two most substantial sets of his career. After 1-1 in the second set, Zverev failed to hold a single service game. Even though he broke the Finnish professional twice himself, it all went in vain.

To crush his opponent’s confidence, Emil completed a breathtaking rally at 3-5. Afterwards, the disbelief on Sascha’s face said it all.

The game helped Emil push the it to the deciding set and build the foundation for the first big upset in Miami Open 2021. At the end of the second set, the score was 6-1, 3-6.

DIVE DEEPER

“It’s a Shame”: Alexander Zverev Bashes ATP Over Quarantine Protocols at Miami Open 2021

4 months ago

Shocking decider set

The reigning US Open finalist continued to struggle miserably in the final set. Even though he held his first serve, Zverev then lost five straight games to lose the match.

Mar 26, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Alexander Zverev of Germany hits a backhand against Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland (not pictured) in the second round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

At 1-4 in the decider set, the 23-year-old tapped his right arm and left leg. Clearly, he had been struggling with the free-flow of his groundstrokes as he went on to tap his right arm. Moreover, the fatigue of the consistent bubble-life also took a toll on his performance.

The 21-year-old soared high in the circumstances and pushed the 14-time ATP title winner out of the contention. In the end, Zverev had a hint of relief on his face after losing the match.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Moving forward, Emil will meet World No. 95 Mikael Ymer in a battle for the Last 16. Overall, Miami Open would be looking forward to stirring up similar great tennis matches ahead.

Who do you see as the next big upset in Miami?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

“Really Not About the Prize Money”: John Isner Clears Stand on His Earlier Criticism About the ATP

4 months ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Purav Joshi

964 articles

Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT