World No. 67 Sam Querrey of the U.S. will meet Turkish qualifier Altug Celikbilek in the first round of the 2021 Stuttgart Open on Wednesday, June 9. Get the live streaming options of this Sam Querrey v Altug Celikbilek match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Sam Querrey v Altug Celikbilek Head to Head
This will be a first meeting between the 33-year-old Querrey and 24-year-old Celikbilek.
Querrey on a Five-Match Losing Streak
Sam Querrey has played some of his best tennis at Wimbledon, and so he would be happy to return to grass courts after a dismal 2020, which saw the cancellation of the grass season, and an equally poor first half of 2021.
The 6’6″ American had a 3-6 record last year and is 2-6 so far this year.
His only wins this year came against Mackenzie McDonald in the first round at Delray Beach and Henri Laaksonen in the first round at Melbourne-1. He was knocked out in the second rounds of both the events falling to Gianluca Mager and Stefano Travaglia respectively.
Since those two tournaments right at the start of the season, Querrey has made four first-round exits, losing to Lorenzo Sonego at the Australian Open, Yen Hsun-Lu at the Miami Masters, Yoshihito Nishioka in Parma and John Isner at the French Open.
A 10-time champion on the tour, Querrey has one title on grass, which he won at Queen’s in 2010. The 33-year-old featured in three more finals on the surface, finishing runner-up in Newport in 2009, Nottingham in 2015 and Eastbourne in 2019.
That final in Eastbourne was the last of the 19 finals he has played in his career, but he couldn’t add to his 10 titles, falling to Taylor Fritz in straight sets.
In the majors, Querrey has gone past the fourth round on four occasions but only once outside Wimbledon, when he reached the last eight at the U.S. Open in 2017.
At Wimbledon, Querrey reached the semifinals in 2017 by knocking out the top seed and defending champion Andy Murray in the quarterfinals. He was also a quarterfinalist in 2016 and had accounted for the top seed that year as well, as he defeated Novak Djokovic in the third. Querrey also reached the last eight at Wimbledon in 2019.
He has a 68-38 win-loss record on grass and will be looking to get his form back on the surface that has been productive for him over the years.
Celikbilek Comes Through Qualifiers
Facing Querrey in the first round on Wednesday will be Turkish qualifier Altug Celikbilek, who qualified for the main draw after winning two tough three-setters against much higher ranked opponents.
Ranked 239th in the world, Celibilek ousted World No. 86 Lucas Pouille 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in the first qualifying round on Monday and then rallied from a set down to defeat World No. 111 Dennis Novak 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 in the second qualifying round on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Turk is 2-2 in the main draws this year, having won a match in the season-opener in Antalya and then another in the first round at Singapore, where he was playing as a qualifier.
Overall, Celikbilek has a 7-8 record and he is 1-1 on grass. The qualifying wins will give him a lot of confidence as heads to the Round of 32 in Stuttgart.
Querrey v Celikbilek Prediction and Tip
Despite his poor form, Sam Querrey will be the favourite to win this contest. Expect a dominant performance from the American.