Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas plays Italian teenager Jannik Sinner in his opener at the 2020 Italian Open. The match is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16 and begins at around 3 pm local time (or 2 pm BST). Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Jannik Sinner match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Jannik Sinner Head to Head
This is the second meeting between the two young exciting players. Interestingly, their only career meeting was also here in Rome last year at the Italian Open in the round of 32. Tsitsipas was just coming off being a finalist at the ATP Masters 1000 and won the match very convincingly in straight sets. Young Sinner is a more established and confident player since then however.
Tsitsipas Hoping To Put Disappointing US Open Loss Behind
Stefanos Tsitsipas ended 2019 as the winner of the year-end ATP Tour Finals, which by far has been the biggest achievement of his career thus far.
Coming into 2020 with lofty expectations, the season did not get off to the best of starts for him. His performance at the ATP Cup was far from optimal and it was followed by the Australian Open, where he faced an early loss against Milos Raonic. Another early loss at the ATP 500 in Rotterdam followed.
However, Tsitsipas hit a good run, defending his title at Marseille without dropping a set and made the final in Dubai again before being runner-up, this time to Novak Djokovic. He also looked in good touch at the Western & Southern Open prevailing against the big serves of Kevin Anderson, John Isner and Reilly Opelka before being outplayed by the Milos Raonic serve again, in the semi-finals.
A strong start at the US Open followed, winning his opening two rounds convincingly in straight sets and he looked ready for week two, up two sets to one and a double break against Croat Borna Coric in the third round. However, a loss of focus and nerves saw him give away six match points in the fourth set, only to lose in a final set tie-break.
Sinner Confident After Impressive Opener
Jannik Sinner was a relatively unknown 18-year-old Italian teenager playing on the ATP Challenger and ITF Futures tour this time last year.
A wild card entry to the European Open late in the 2019 season saw him make the semi-finals defeating Gael Monfils en route and then he furthered it winning the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, defeating Alex de Minaur in the title round.
Breaking into the top 100 of the world rankings, Sinner won his first match against a top ten player in David Goffin, and made the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 at Rotterdam. Upon returning to the tour after the pandemic break, Sinner looked in a commanding position against number 12 seed Karen Khachanov at the US Open, being up two sets to love, only to lose the next three sets.
Last week at the Kitzbuhel ATP 250, Sinner was defeated in the quarterfinal upon his return to clay, but the Italian looked in fine form in the opener here in Rome against unpredictable Benoit Paire prevailing in straight sets comfortably.
The Italian teenager will be looking to continue his good form and make an impressive run here this week in Rome.
Tsitsipas v Sinner Prediction and Tip
An exciting match up on the cards, with two players predicted to have great tennis careers ahead. Tsitsipas comes in with minimal practice on clay, whereas Sinner has looked to be getting better with every match on the slower surface in the last week and a half. A much closer contest is expected than when they met here in 2019, but Tsitsipas’ experience should see him through in a close three-setter.
Tip: Tsitsipas to win in three sets: 13/8 (bet365)