World number five Stefanos Tsitsipas will kick-start another clay court campaign with a second round match against USA’s Tommy when they take to court at the 2021 Lyon Open on Thursday, May 20. Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Tommy Paul match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Tommy Paul Head to Head
Their only previous meeting came at the 2019 Washington Open and Tsitsipas had won that hard court encounter in straight sets.
In-Form Tsitsipas in Another Clay Tournament
For an in-form top-five player, Tsitsipas sure is playing a lot of tennis on clay. After having participated in all the three Masters tournaments on clay, to go with the Barcelona Open as well, Tsitsipas will now be in action in Lyon and more interestingly, will be participating in the doubles draw as well.
He enters this competition on a 12-3 win-loss record after winning the Monte-Carlo Masters and making it to the final of the Barcelona Open where he lost to Rafael Nadal.
A shock loss at the hands of Casper Ruud in Madrid would have raised a few eyebrows but he followed that up with a performance to remember against Novak Djokovic in Rome. He was a set and a break up in that quarterfinal when play had to be suspended, breaking his momentum.
Tsitsipas lost the second set but took control of the third too before the world number one showed his class to win 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. Not before Tsitsipas had shown he had inched very close to the top two players on clay, having earlier also taken Nadal to three sets in Barcelona.
Paul Cruises Through Opener
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had played just five matches this year coming into tournament and won only one, and was a long shot to trouble Paul. That’s exactly how things turned out as well, with the American sealing a straight-set win over Tsonga to make it to round two.
Paul needed an hour and eight minutes, faced not a single break-point and broke his French opponent thrice to proceed.
What’s interesting to note is Paul’s best performance clay hasn’t gone beyond a second round appearance in any of the tournaments on the ATP tour. This season, for instance, Paul’s participated in four clay court tournaments before this and made round two in just two of them.
Last year, there were second round appearances at three of the four competitions Paul was a part of and before that there were none.
Can be break into that club of back to back wins in a clay court tournament?
Tsitsipas v Paul Prediction and Tip
Tsitsipas is a heavy favourite as you would expect, with bet365 offering 1/9 for his win. What interests us more is the games handicap market which has Paul at 4/6 for +5.5 games.