The world No. 30, Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia will take on Arthur Rinderknech of France, the world number 119 in the second round of the 2021 Halle Open on Thursday, June 17. Get the live streaming options of this Nikoloz Basilashvili v Arthur Rinderknech match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Nikoloz Basilashvili v Arthur Rinderknech Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 30-year old Georgian, and the Frenchman, who is five years younger.
Basilashvili Survives Tight First Round Match
Despite his world ranking Basilashvili was made to qualify in Halle, reflecting perhaps his lack of a track record on grass, although he did reach the second round in Stuttgart last week, before losing to the eventual winner, Marin Cilic.
Having though disposed of the two Germans, Rudolf Molleker and Yannick Hanfmann, the Georgian met Gilles Simon of France in the first round on Tuesday.
Basilashvili started strongly, putting the Simon serve under immediate pressure and earning himself two breaks to wrap up the first set in just 36 minutes.
The second set was much closer and, after both men had saved break points, it was Basilashvili who faltered, allowing Simon to level things up.
The third set developed into a close battle, with break points earned on both sides of the net, although none could be converted. However, serving to stay I the match, Simon flirted with danger once too many – this time Basilashvili was able to take the match point he was offered.
Rinderknech Rising Up the Rankings
Rinderknech has been one of the fastest movers up the world rankings in recent years, having been just 423 in the world at the end of 2018.
He has made particular progress this year, helped by his clay court form, which has seen him begin to regularly qualify for tournaments on the senior ATP tour. And he reached the third round on home soil in both Marseille and Lyon.
Again, he had to come through two rounds of qualifying in Ha;;e to make the main draw, and was rewarded with a tie against the German lucky loser Yannick Hanfmann, the world 99, a man that Basilashvili had beaten in the qualifying tournament..
After the opening exchanges went with serve, Hanfmann was the first to drop his serve, but he responded with a break of his own next game, and the set continued.
The German had a break chance, missed it, and paid in the next game as Rinderknech was able to clinch the set.
The story repeated itself in the second set, as Hanfmann earned the first break opportunity but could not take it
And when Rinderknech got his own chances, he converted the second and then closed out the match next game.
Basilashvili v Rinderknech Prediction and Tip
Neither player is known for their grass court expertise, and, as a guide, both men have played the same opponent in this tournament and beaten him in straight sets. Basilashvili though has much more experience at this level and that might stand him in good stead.