World number 31 Nikoloz Basilashvili will be up against the 119th-ranked Andrej Martin in the second round of the 2021 Belgrade Open on Wednesday, May 26. Get the live streaming options of this Nikoloz Basilashvili v Andrej Martin match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Nikoloz Basilashvili v Andrej Martin Head to Head
These two players have never faced off in a competitive match at the ATP level before this but did play a Challenger match on the clay courts of Scheveningen once in 2015. Basilashvili won that in three sets.
Basilashvili Inconsistent But Has Won Two!
Take Basilashvili’s performances in tournaments other than Doha and Munich and one would wonder if there’s been a general lack of interest in tennis from him. He has won just four of the 16 matches he’d played.
All of a sudden, however, those inconsistencies have been bolstered two stunning performances on hard court and clay. In Doha, he defeated Roger Federer and Roberto Bautista Agut to win the title and followed it up with a second tournament win in Munich where he registered a win over Casper Ruud in the semifinal.
As a result, for a player who lost all his matches on clay last season and began this season with a 2-5 win-loss record on hard court, Basilashvili is still ranked 31st in the world.
He would be looking to start off with a win here to get the first round out of his way given he has already lost 10 opening round matches this season.
Martin’s Played Only Clay Since Australian Swing
A qualifier in this competition with wins over Akira Santillan and Mats Moraing, Martin has made it to the second round here with a hard-fought, three-set victory against Christopher O’Connell in his opener here.
And that has been just his third main draw win of the season, having won a round each at Santiago Open and Cagliari Open.
He had earlier begun the season with three successive losses on hard court surfaces, following which he opted to turn to clay where the 119th-ranked player has had some of his best results – 10 of his 11 Challenger titles have been on clay.
Martin will have it tough here though, coming up against a player who can turn it on when he hits form.
Basilashvili v Martin Prediction and Tip
It would have been easy to say it’s straight-set win for Basilashvili had he not shown the inconsistencies he has so far, but we will still have to go for Basilashvili for now.