World number five Stefanos Tsitsipas will face off against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, ranked 60th in the world, in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Lyon Open on Friday, May 21. Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Yoshihito Nishioka match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Yoshihito Nishioka Head to Head
There have been no previous matches played between Tsitsipas and Nishioka before this.
Tsitsipas Brushes Aside Paul
With Tsitsipas already showing signs of becoming a genuine French Open contender, arguably with a bit of a help from the draw, a tournament appearance here was a surprising move. He had already played 15 matches on clay this season and won 12 of them.
Whatever may be the reason, Tsitsipas has now kick-started his hunt for his second title of the year with a crushing win over Tommy Paul.
After a first round bye, Tsitsipas needed an hour and 16 minutes to get past the American in two easy sets to set up this meeting with his Japanese opponent.
Tsitsipas was rarely tested on serve in the match, losing just 11 points on it through the two sets. He faced no break-points while carving out nine of his own of which he utilised three. In both sets, all that Paul managed was to get to a game apiece before getting broken and after that there was no coming back.
The Greek number one, with a Monte-Carlo Masters title and a final in Barcelona already under his belt, should not have a lot of difficulties in this quarterfinal either.
Nishioka Manages Monfils Strike
His career-best ranking might be just 48th, and he is 60th in the world at the moment but trust Nishioka to be one hell of a fighter. And for the second match in a row, he showed why.
After having gotten past Ugo Humbert in three after being a set down, Nishioka repeated the same dose on Gael Monfils as well. He carved out a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) win, in a match lasting two hours and 20 minutes.
Monfils breezed past him in the first set in just 35 minutes despite some signs of a Nishioka fight, but it was in the second the Japanese came back stronger. He saved three break-points in the third game and then broke Monfils in the fourth, missed a set-point in the eighth before carving out the equaliser in the next game.
And in the third, he lost the early advantage but proved to be too strong for the fifth seeded Monfils in the tie-breaker that followed to complete the win.
Tsitsipas v Nishioka Prediction and Tip
Tsitsipas is a no-brainer to win in straight sets despite Nishioka fighting capabilities that have been on display recently.