The 62nd-ranked Feliciano Lopez will face Australia’s Alexei Popyrin, who is ranked a spot below him in the first round of the 2021 Stuttgart Open on Wednesday, June 9. Get the live streaming options of this Feliciano Lopez v Alexei Popyrin match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Feliciano Lopez v Alexei Popyrin Head to Head
Their only meeting on the ATP circuit has come only recently, earlier this season in Miami. Popyrin came through in that first round match in straight sets.
Lopez Returns to Favourite Surface
While his overall win-loss ratio has begun to show a decline in recent times, Lopez will be glad to return to grass where he has performed extremely well right throughout his career.
Four of his seven ATP titles have come on this surface while he has also won 81 matches to a mere 43 losses on grass.
Lopez needs that reminding, the fact he can turn things around on grass. Because coming into this tournament, his record this season has been underwhelming and even that’s putting it mildly.
The Spaniard has won just four of his 13 matches, and other than a third round appearance at Australian Open earlier this year, he hasn’t won successive matches at any of the other competitions.
Can he start things off with a win against a tricky opponent first up?
Popyrin Confident After Maiden Title This Year
Popyrin isn’t a finished product, not yet anyway but there have been enough signs to show he can get to being a top 20 player.
Now ranked 63rd, Popyrin is coming off a title win indoors in Singapore earlier this year and while his sojourn on clay hasn’t been straightforward, it has done enough to prove his mettle.
Like, for instance, the Aussie came through the qualifiers at Madrid Masters to defeat Jan-Lennard Struff and Jannik Sinner there and move to round three. He had earlier made it to the second round at Monte-Carlo Masters as well.
Grass will be a different kettle of fish but one on which he had made the second round as a qualifier at 2019 Wimbledon. Can he now brush aside the struggling Lopez to win his third career match on it?
Lopez v Popyrin Prediction and Tip
This might not be a straightforward call. On the one hand is a fading veteran but one with an excellent grass record while on the other is a youngster who hasn’t featured too much on it but is fast showing improvement overall. Three-setter on the cards for us.