World number 114 Alexei Popyrin takes on countryman and Aussie Matt Ebden in the quarterfinal of the 2021 ATP Singapore Tennis Open on Friday, February 26, with the match likely to begin at around 11 am local time. Get the live streaming options of this Alexei Popyrin v Matt Ebden match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alexei Popyrin v Matt Ebden Head to Head
In their only previous meeting that came in the first round of the Basel Indoors in 2018, Popyrin was a 7-6, 6-4 winner over fellow Aussie Ebden.
Popyrin Comes Through an Easy Draw
While Popyrin has done well to make it to the quarterfinal here, it must be quickly added that he has been lucky with the draw. Starting out against the world number 240, Christopher Eubanks, his second round win came against the 423rd-ranked Adrian Andreev.
And while he won his opener in straight sets, Popyrin was a 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 winner over Andreev, in a match lasting nearly two hours.
Popyrin was off to a flier like he would have been expected against an opponent ranked that low, breaking Andreev twice in the first set. The second set was more keenly fought and went on serve till the 11th game despite Popyrin having four chances to break his opponent’s serve.
It was in the 12th game that the Aussie fell 0-40 down and lost serve and the set to allow Andreev a surprising comeback.
However, Popyrin overcame that blip with a break in the fifth and the ninth game of the final set to carve out the victory. And speaking of easy draws, he now takes on a player ranked 316th in the world.
Ebden Shocks Millman
Not too many expected Ebden to win his second round match against John Millman. We most certainly didn’t.
What Ebden dished out, however, was a stunning performance from his old times, times when he was a top-40 player and aiming to go on further.
The current world number 316 took off in his second round match, needing an hour and 13 minutes to clinch the surprise win. He broke Millman in the middle of the first set and while he was pushed when he looked to serve for the set, he came through in that very game,
The second set proved to be a lot easier with Ebden breaking Millman thrice – including once when he was serving to stay in the match. The contest was finished by then but such was the dominance of Ebden, he cracked his opponent’s serve yet again to finish off the encounter.
Ebden had earlier beaten India’s Yuki Bhambri to make it to the second round.
Popyrin v Ebden Prediction and Tip
Popyrin is 2/5 to win this and can be tipped to do that in straight sets.
Tip: Popyrin to win in straight sets: 10/11 (bet365)