French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas plays American Next Gen Frances Tiafoe in the first round of the 2021 Wimbledon on Monday, June 28. Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Frances Tiafoe match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Frances Tiafoe Head to Head
The players have only met once in their careers, and that was during the 2018 ATP Cup Next Gen Finals round robin stages in Milan. Tsitsipas prevailed in straight sets on that occasion.
Tsitsipas Hoping To Put French Open Final Behind
Number three seed Stefanos Tsitsipas begins his Wimbledon campaign at the back of what has been a very successful season for him thus far.
A good run at the ATP Cup was followed by the final eight at the Aussie Open and a runner-up title at the ATP 500 in Acapulco before heading over to the clay swing. The Greek won his first Masters 1000 at Monte Carlo, had championship points against Rafa Nadal at Barcelona and was two sets to love up against Novak Djokovic in the French Open final.
Unfortunately, Tsitsipas was unable to close out either of the Barcelona or the Roland Garros finals and that, especially the latter will be playing on his mind as he took the fortnight off between the clay and grass majors.
With a game that is well suited to all surfaces and no less to grass, one can expect the 22-year-old to do well at Wimbledon, but he has never been past the fourth round (2018), lost in the first round (2019) and has not played on the grass in almost two years now given the Covid-19 pandemic.
While it remains to be scene how well Tsitsipas adjusts to grass, a well balanced draw and confidence from the first half of the season should definitely play to his advantage.
Tiafoe Begins Wimbledon With More Grass Play Than Most
Twenty-three year old American Frances Tiafoe looked to be headed down the same path as most of the Next Gen, when he won his first ATP title at Delray Beach in 2018 and was ranked as high as number 29 in the world in early 2019 making the final eight of the Aussie Open.
However, the American has not lived up to potential or consistency and had an erratic last season and a half to be ranked just within the top 60 in the world at the moment.
With decent runs this year at Delray Beach and Miami in the first quarter of the season being followed by a poor clay court run, Tiafoe arrived early on the grass once he exited the French Open.
It was a decent run on the grass, with the ATP Challenger title at Nottingham, followed by the quarter-finals at Queens’s Club and then a less impressive run at the ATP 250 in Eastbourne.
Tiafoe will feel confident on the grass coming into Wimbledon and hope to better his third round performance here from 2018, knowing fully well the challenges that lie in the opener.
Tsitsipas v Tiafoe Prediction and Tip
On paper and form, Tsitsipas begins as a huge favorite here, but it remains to be seen how well he recovers from the Roland Garros final when the title was just a set away at one point.
Tiafoe also has more grass play under his belt at the moment, and that will be another booster for the American.
Expect Tiafoe to challenge Tsitsipas, but the Greek should prevail in four sets after some anxious early moments on a new surface.