Stefanos Tsitsipas v Karen Khachanov Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for Rotterdam Open 2021: Tight Contest On The Cards

Stefanos Tsitsipas v Hubert Hurkacz Live Streaming & Predictions
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In a clash of Next Gen stars Stefanos Tsitsipas plays Karen Khachanov Greek in the quarter finals of the 2021 ATP Rotterdam Open on Friday, March 5th, with the exact match timing yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Karen Khachanov match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Karen Khachanov Head to Head

This will be the third between both players and Tsitsipas has won both meetings. Incidentally, both their meetings were at the Shanghai Masters and Tstisipas won both in straight sets.

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Tsitsipas Run Continues

Tsitsipas was 8-1 thus far this year and has been in good nick since the start of the season. Winning both his matches at the ATP Cup, the world number six made it to the final eight at the Australian Open where he defeated world number two Rafael Nadal after being down two sets to love, before a straight sets defeat in the semi-finals at the hands of Daniil Medvedev.

After being up against the in-form Egor Gerasimov in the opener here, where the Greek prevailed in two tight sets in just under two hours, he was up against rising Pole Hubert Hurkacz, someone he has beaten in the past but had tight encounters with.

It was another close match where after conceding the first set, Hurkacz came back strong to take the match into a decider. It was an evenly matched decider where the Greek prevailed at a crucial moment with some stunning backhand groundstrokes to break at 5-5, and close out the match 7-5 in the third. Tsitsipas now has a 9-1 record for the young season thus far.

Khachanov Looking To Prove He Belongs

Russian Karen Khachanov looked very much the Next Gen player to watch out for in 2018 when he won the Paris Masters 1000 defeating Novak Djokovic in the final and subsequently broke into the top ten of the ATP rankings, as well as make the French Open quarter-finals in 2019. But, it has been an inconsistent and poor last season and a half for the big Russian, as he tries to hold on to the top 20 of the rankings.

2021 started decently for Khachanov as he made the semi-finals of the ATP 250 and lost a nail-biter in Melbourne to Jannik Sinner and looked in good touch at the Australian Open but lost three straight tiebreaks to Matteo Berrettini of Italy.

The Russian has looked in good form in Rotterdam and had two very convincing wins against Stan Wawrinka and Cameron Norrie and looked very much the player he would like to be. Into the final eight it remains to be seen how he shapes up against the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev.

Tsitsipas v Khachanov Prediction & Tip

Tstisipas has been in good touch since the beginning of the season and managed to prevail in some tight clashes, most recently against Hurkacz, that will have done wonders to his confidence. Khachanov remains in search of a deep run, given how the recent season has been for him and has looked good this week, so this should be a good contest.

Expect a tight encounter but the difference in confidence levels of both players is what remains to be seen. The tired Tsitsipas legs may just catch up with him. A surprise win for Khachanov is on the cards here.

Tip: Khachanov to win in threes sets : 5/1 (bet365)

The 2021 ATP Rotterdam Open will be played from March 1 to 7. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

Samir Talwar
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