World No. 125 Arthur Rinderknech of France will take on Mikael Ymer of Sweden, and ranked 101st in the first round of the 2021 Lyon Open on Tuesday, May 18. Get the live streaming options of this Arthur Rinderknech v Mikael Ymer match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Arthur Rinderknech v Mikael Ymer Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 25 year old Frenchman, and the Swede, who is two years younger.
Rinderknech Makes Through as Lucky Loser
Rinderknech was actually knocked out in the second round of qualifying by the Portuguese player Joao Sousa, but takes his place in the first round in Lyon as a lucky loser.
The 125th-ranked player has been plying his trade for years on the junior tours, where he has made 14 finals, winning eight of them, most recently in Istanbul in January. That was on a hard court, his preferred surface, although he has also had some success on clay.
In terms of the main tour, his most recent appearance was in Belgrade, where he came through two rounds of qualifying before pulling off a minor surprise in the first round, beating the Argentine Juan-Ignacio Londero, before losing to Miomir Kecmanovic.
He followed that up with a run to the semi-finals of a Challenger event in Ostrava, the Czech Republic, before he was forced to quit his match due to injury.
Ymer Reached Third Round in Melbourne and Miami
The younger brother of fellow tennis professional Elias, Mikael contested the 2015 Wimbledon boys’ singles final, losing to the American Reilly Opelka. He achieved a career high ranking of 67 just before lockdown, but he has not been able to maintain that level of performance since the sport returned.
However, there have been signs of an upturn in form this year.
Ymer reached the third round of the Australian Open, his best ever run in a Grand Slam, before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
He also made the third round in Miami, again the first time he had reached that stage in a Masters’ event, losing eventually to the Finn Emile Ruusuvouri.
However, the Swede chose to miss most of the European clay court season ,apart from Barcelona, where he failed to qualify.
Ymer beat the Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild in three sets to qualify for the main draw here.
Rinderknech v Ymer Prediction and Tip
Ymer will start the favourite against the lucky loser, even though he has had little practice on clay this year.