In a highly anticipated match, two leading Next Gen members Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jannik Sinner meet in the semi-finals of the 2021 Barcelona Open on Friday, April 23. 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 third meeting between both players. Their head-to-head is currently tied at 1-1. Both their meetings were at the Rome Masters 1000 on clay, with Tsitsipas winning in 2019 and Sinner in 2020.
Tsitsipas Continues 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. The Greek continued his confident play with straight set wins over the likes of Alex De Minaur and Felix Auger-Aliassime, and is now eyeing back-to-back titles on the clay setting him up well for the rest of the clay swing with the French Open a month away.
Sinner Proving Himself As a Consistent Force
19-year-old Jannik Sinner from Italy has been earmarked as one of the Next Gen to look out for, but had a mixed start to the season. He looked very much on course, given his form at the start of the season ATP 250 in Melbourne, where he won his second career title. With the tightly packed schedule in Australia, the Italian ran into Denis Shapovalov in the first round of the Aussie Open and bowed out in a tough five-setter at the year’s first major.
An opening round loss to Aljaz Bedene in the Montpellier opener followed, and suddenly the season was not looking so promising anymore. A minor niggle saw him pull of Rotterdam, but the Italian had a much better week in Marseille, before losing in the quarter-finals to the newly crowned world number two and eventual champion Daniil Medvedev.
With impressive wins in Dubai against Roberto Bautista Agut and Alexander Bublik, Sinner fell at the hands of eventual champion Aslan Karatsev, and arrived at the first Masters 1000 of the year in Miami hoping for a promising run. It was a promising week with wins against Karen Khachanov, Alexander Bublik, and Roberto Bautista Agut, before he fell short in the final against the in-form young Pole Hubert Hurkacz.
Falling short last week on the Monte Carlo clay against world number one Novak Djokovic, Sinner broke into the top twenty of the ATP rankings for the first time.
The Italian has looked good this week at Barcelona with convincing wins against Egor Gerasimov and a third consecutive win against Roberto Bautista Agut before he ran into another player in red-hot form in the quarter finals, i.e. Andrey Rublev. Although Rublev looked a little jaded after the continuous efforts of the season so far, there was no taking anything away from the young Italian who registered an impressive 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) win and is in the semi-finals now looking more and more of a composed player on the tour already.
Tsitsipas v Sinner Prediction and Tip
It has been a very impressive year thus far for both players and both will be pleased with their performances thus far and how they have become a force on the tour over a short period of time. It will be a close match, down to who is better on the day and who plays the big points better.
Expect a great contest, but expect the more seasoned and in stronger form Tsitsipas to win in a decider.
Tip: Tsitsipas to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)