22nd-ranked Alex de Minaur will be up against Austria’s Jurij Rodionov in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Stuttgart Open on Friday, June 11. Get the live streaming options of this Alex de Minaur v Jurij Rodionov match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alex de Minaur v Jurij Rodionov Head to Head
No previous matches have been played between de Minaur and Rodionov before this encounter.
De Minaur Stretched by Thompson
After a first round bye, de Minaur took his time to get used to playing on grass but avoided falling to fellow Aussie Jordan Thompson in the second round.
In a hard-fought contest, de Minaur was a narrow 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-4 winner over Thompson, needing two hours and 40 minutes on court. What was interesting to note here is despite facing six break-points in the match, de Minaur wasn’t broken even once and it was only a gruelling tie-breaker that saw him lose the opening set.
In fact de Minaur had a set-point of his own in that tie-breaker but failed to convert it, lost the set and then faced three break-points in the second set. The world number 22, however, converted the second break-point he got in the set and served it out the very next game to take it into a decider.
The third set saw de Minaur earn himself an early break following which he held his nerve – and serve – missed two match-points but then converted it off the third to eke out a narrow win.
The rustiness on grass was obvious for de Minaur but he will hope to improve with every outing.
Rodionov Benefits from Gojowczyk Retirement
Ranked 142nd in the world, Rodionov had gone into his second round match at 11/5 odds to surprise his opponent Peter Gojowczyk. The Austrian even got a surprise early break and was leading 5-3 in the opening set after 33 minutes when Gojowczyk had to retire from the match because of injury.
This win followed Rodionov’s first round shock of Dominik Koepfer, in which he was 7/2 to win and fell behind a set too.
Just when Rodionov would have been expected to cave in, he fought back to register a three-set win over Koepfer.
Interestingly, Rodionov had never won a match on grass before the start of this competition, having played three matches at different levels in 2019 but lost them all.
Now, all of a sudden, he is aiming to make it three in three.
de Minaur v Rodionov Prediction and Tip
This shouldn’t be too difficult for de Minaur who might not have had a great time in his previous round but that can be put down to rustiness. Can he now shrug that off and win in straight sets? We think so.