Last year’s quarterfinalist Jannik Sinner will face big-serving Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Monday, May 31. Get the live streaming options of this Jannik Sinner v Pierre-Hugues Herbert match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jannik Sinner v Pierre-Hugues Herbert Head to Head
Sinner leads the head-to-head 1-0, winning their sole meeting on the indoor hardcourts of Cologne 2, in 2020. The Italian tamed the big-serving Frenchman 6-3 6-1.
Sinner Exceeds Expectations
A new season, but it is the same old Jannik Sinner continuing to pummel winners left and right. Sinner’s return of 20 match wins at the halfway stage of the 2021 season is just one short of matching last year’s tally.
The teenage phenom continues to dazzle with his superior athletic ability and powerful groundstrokes that have become hallmarks of his burgeoning game.
It is only logical, with time, Sinner’s game would go under the microscope. That happened on the European clay swing where the 19-year-old Italian made a handful of early exits. However, there of Sinner’s five defeats came against undoubtedly the top three in-form players on the surface on current form.
Sinner will look to bounce back from a disappointing second-round defeat to Arthur Rinderknech in Lyon, where he failed to build on his one-set lead.
Seeded 18th at this year’s edition, Sinner has a tough draw in his bid to repeat last year’s heroics. He has a couple of winnable rounds, to begin with, but could run into the 13-time champion Rafael Nadal in the fourth round. Sinner was beaten by the legendary Spaniard in the last eight of the French Open eight months, and if seedings hold, a similar outcome could be in store.
But before Sinner gets there, he will need to tame the big serve of Herbert on Monday.
Herbert in Dwindling Run of Form
Pierre-Hugues Herbert last played in Lyon, over two weeks ago. He was beaten in a tight two-setter by Sebastian Korda in the first round. Aside from that, Herbert has lost four more matches on the dirt. Shocking of all was a first-round defeat in qualifying for Monte Carlo to Bernard Tomic.
Since he attained a career-high ranking of World No. 36 in February 2019, the 30-year-old Frenchman has been so inconsistent on the singles court. His ranking has gone downhill, plummeting closer to a spot outside the top 100.
Herbert’s ability to produce the odd weak of good form has been enough to resuscitate his downfall and hold onto a top 100 ranking. He is currently 8-8 for the season, with four of those wins coming in one tournament when he made his fourth ATP tour final in Marseille.
Herbert has not lost in the first round of the French Open since 2016. Can he pull off one of the biggest upsets of the round?
Sinner v Herbert Prediction and Tip
Sinner was handed a tough opener at last year’s Roland Garros when he drew David Goffin. The tide has changed and will look to make full use of the opportunity of a very kind draw this time around.