World No. 31, and number five seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia will take on Dustin Brown of Germany, the world number 303 in the first round of the 2021 Stuttgart Open on Tuesday, June 8. Get the live streaming options of this Nikoloz Basilashvili v Dustin Brown match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Nikoloz Basilashvili v Dustin Brown Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 31-year old Georgian, and the German, who is five years older>
Grass Not Basilashvili’s Surface
Basilashvili is one of a handful of players to have won more than one tournament already this year, having picked up the Qatar Open trophy on a hard court and the Bavarian Championship on clay.
Grass though is not a surface he particularly enjoys as can be seen from his Wimbledon record – he has never been beyond the second round therein four previous attempts in the main draw.
Since that wain in the final in Munich, he has only won once since, having been beaten in the first rounds in Marid, Rome and Belgrade, He did break that sequence by winning his first match at the French Open, beating Dasun Lajovic, but the was beaten by the teenage Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets.
Brown, a Natural Entertainer
Brown is one of the most distinctive player on tour with his striking Rasta looks and his entertaining playing style which have made him a crowd favourite at events like Wimbledon.
And it is on grass that he has had the two biggest wins of his career, first beating Rafael Nadal as a wildcard at Halle in 2014, and repeating the feat at Wimbledon a year later.
However, once ranked as high as 64 in the world, as he has got older his ranking has gradually fallen, and he has had to rely on a wildcard this time round to enter this tournament.
In fact, since falling to qualifying earlier this year for the Australian Open, he has played in just three Challenger events, and won just a single match, with his last tournament coming nearly two months ago.
Basilashvili v Brown Prediction and Tip
Although Brown will no doubt entertain the crowd and the viewers at home during this match, he is no longer the player he once was, and, although Basilashvili may not like playing on grass, the Georgian should have enough to win easily.