Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jannik Sinner will play each other in the second round of the 2019 Rome Masters, in a match where the Greek is an absolute favourite to win. The match will be played on Wednesday, May 15 and the timing for the match will be announced soon. Get Stefanos Tsitsipas v Jannik live streaming options, tips and head to head here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Jannik Sinner Head to Head
These two youngsters have never played one against other before and that is not surprising as Sinner is not even 18 years old at the moment (turning 18 in August) and this is only his second ATP tournament participation, after managing to go through the qualifiers in the ATP Budapest and losing in the round of 16 to a top 30 player Djere.
Tsitsipas being three years older and 220 places better-ranked means that no one expects Sinner to do anything in his first match against a top 10 player but that will also be his advantage as he can play risky and try hitting winners down the line in every rally.
Tsitsipas Has Already Won Two Tournaments This Year
The great Greek youngster picked up in 2019 where he left off in 2018 and has a 28-12 record from 40 matches in this season after having 57-32 from 89 in the previous one.
He has managed to win ATP Marseille and ATP Estoril titles, losing a single set in eight matches on those tournaments. He also had two finals, which he lost to Federer (in Dubai) and Djokovic (on Sunday in Madrid).
This shows that Tsitsipas is by far the best and most consistent player outside the big 3 (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic) and he should be able to win over 60 matches in this season and move into the top 5 of ATP rankings.
His clay performances have been especially impressive as he has 10-3 on clay in this year so far and 100-35 on it in his career.
Sinner Is Slowly Moving Towards The Top 100
As already mentioned, Jannik Sinner is not even 18 years old and he is the best-ranked player in his age group (will be 227th after this tournament even if he loses here to Tsitsipas).
He started the year as the 543rd ATP player but advanced a lot after getting into the Ostrava challenger finals and ATP Budapest round of 16, as well as winning 45 rankings points by beating Steve Johnson in the opening round here in Rome and advancing into this second round.
Sinner’s current clay record in 2019 is 17-5 and he’s on pace to get into the top 100 of the ATP rankings before the end of the year.
Stefanos Tsitsipas v Jannik Sinner Predictions & Tips
Although Sinner is still not even close to the level of quality and experience which Tsitsipas possesses he has a huge advantage in this match because Tsitsipas played nine matches since this month started, including three-set matches against Zverev and Nadal in Madrid quarter and semifinals. This is why Sinner can stay close to Tsitsipas in this match and lose by no more than four games difference.
Tip: Jannik Sinner +4.5 games Asian handicap: 6/5 (888Sport)