Italian teenager Jannik Sinner plays Russian surprise package of 2021 Aslan Karatsev in the first round of the 2021 Lyon Open on Monday, May 17. Get the live streaming options of this Jannik Sinner v Aslan Karatsev match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jannik Sinner v Aslan Karatsev Head to Head
The players have met once on the tour, in Dubai earlier this year. It was a tight three setter where Karatsev prevailed and later went on to win the tournament.
Sinner Eyes Deep Clay Run Prior To Major
19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner sprung onto the scene in 2019 and has gone from strength to strength in remarkable fashion since.
The 2021 season has seen some highs and lows for Sinner. He started well with a title win at the Melbourne ATP 250 and had some ups and downs, but ended the first quarter strong being a runner-up at the Miami Masters to Hubert Hurkacz.
Expecting to hit good form on the slower clay venues, it has been a mixed bag for the Italian. While he had a relatively early loss at Monte Carlo against world number one Novak Djokovic, he made the final four at the Barcelona ATP 500 defeating Roberto Bautista Agut and Andrey Rublev.
A disappointing loss to Aussie Alexei Popyrin in Madrid was followed with a challenging match against Rafa Nadal early in Rome. Similar to the French Open quarter-finals last year against Nadal, Sinner gave it his all but fell short. A good run here this week will do wonders for Sinner’s confidence ahead of the French Open.
Karatsev Continues Sparkling season
Karatsev has been one of the one of the players of the season so far and the surprise package on the tour most definitely, given the runs he has and the quality of opponents he has faced and scalped.
Being a semi-finalist at the Aussie Open and winning the ATP 500 at Dubai were definitely among the highlights of the season for Karatsev heading into the slower clay swing.
Karatsev followed that up by reaching his first clay final in Serbia, beating Novak Djokovic in his own backyard, before eventually losing to Matteo Berrettini. While he did well to scalp the likes of Diego Schwartzman (Madrid) and Daniil Medvedev (Rome), the Russian did fall short in the round of 16 at both tournaments.
Similar to Sinner, Karatsev will be looking to this week for crucial match practice setting himself up well for Roland Garros.
Sinner v Karatsev Prediction and Tip
This is a clash between two players that have been extremely impressive this season thus far and made inroads up the ATP rankings ladder.
Expect another good match, but seems like the clay will suit the Italian better. Sinner to prevail in another hard fought three-setter.