Monte Carlo champion Stefanos Tsitsipas will look to continue his strong run here at the 2021 Barcelona Open when he takes on Aussie Alex de Minaur on Thursday, April 22. Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Alex de Minaur match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Alex De Minaur Head to Head
The players have met four times thus far with Tsitsipas winning all their encounters. They have already met once this year, with Tsitsipas prevailing at the ATP Cup in January in straight sets
Tsitsipas Continues Strong Run
Stefanos Tsitsipas has been on a good run in the 2021 season thus far. Winning both his matches at the ATP Cup, he 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.
He had a good run at the Rotterdam ATP 500 making the semi-finals before losing to the in-form red hot Andrey Rublev who went on to win his fourth consecutive ATP 500 tournament. Going for a record three-Pete at Marseille, Tsitsipas had an early exit losing in the quarters to Pierre-Hugues Herbert who went on to make the finals. Another good run at the Acupulco Open saw the young Greek make the finals and he looked in control against Alexander Zverev up 4-1 in the first set, but a turnaround of events saw the German win in two tight sets.
Tsitsipas again looked good in Miami, before he lost control of his match against Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who eventually went on to win the title.
However, he broke the string of strong runs without a title last week, where he put up a spirited showing all week and especially in the final to defeat Andrey Rublev in straight sets and win his first ever Masters 1000 title, which would hopefully set the base for a number of more coveted titles to come for the Greek.
After a first round bye, Tsitsipas played rising Spaniard Jaume Munar in the second round and prevailed with a convincing 6-0, 6-2 win.
De Minaur Seeking Consistency in Season
Alex de Minaur has had a good run in the last couple seasons and at age 22, has already won four ATP tour level titles and broken into the top twenty of the ATP rankings.
After starting the year well winning the Antalya Open in early January, it was not the best of runs for him back home Down Under. He lost both his matches at the ATP Cup as Australia was unable to get out of the group stages of the tournament. De Minaur seemed to be getting into his groove at the Australian Open but a straight sets loss to Fabio Fognini in the round of 32 was against the run of play capping off a poor Aussie tennis swing for him.
A string of early losses on the hard courts that suit the Aussie followed adding to his disappointment, i.e. at Rotterdam, Dubai and Miami. While he has not met with much success on clay, De Minaur was hoping to set the record straight this time around. An opening loss at the Monte Carlo Masters did not help his cause, but a convincing win here against Alexander Bublik in straight sets will do his confidence a world of good.
Tsitsipas v De Minaur Prediction and Tip
While De Minaur remains a very capable and accomplished opponent, Tsitsipas has been in excellent touch of late and can be expected to continue his strong run. Expect a tight two-set win for the Greek as he continues his good run.
Tip: Tsitsipas to win in straight sets: 9/2 (bet365)