World number four Stefanos Tsitsipas will be up against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic, ranked 44th in the world in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Hamburg Open on Friday, July 16. Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Filip Krajinovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Filip Krajinovic Head to Head
There have been two previous meetings between these players and Tsitsipas has won both times. Their first meeting came at the 2019 French Open with Tsitsipas winning that third round encounter in four sets before needing three sets to overcome Krajinovic in Basel that very season.
Tsitsipas Continues on Clay From Where He Left Off
He was stretched in the first set alright but Tsitsipas returned to clay with a straight-set win in his second round match against Dominik Koepfer.
Coming off a shock first round loss at Wimbledon, Tsitsipas carved out a 7-6 (2), 6-3 victory over Germany’s Koepfer to stroll into the last eight. Tsitsipas, who was 22-4 on clay coming into this tournament, needed an hour and 45 minutes to come through.
Tsitsipas got himself 14 break-points in the encounter, breaking his opponent three times while he himself dropped his serve once in the match. That break of serve came in the very first game of the match after which Tsitsipas held his own and slowly returned back into the contest.
While there was a definite sense of rustiness in Tsitsipas’ game, at least to begin with, his performances on clay including his ability to adapt to the surface has been a standout. Things will get tougher for him against a clay-court specialist next up.
Krajinovic Continues to Keep Fighting
It hasn’t been the easiest of starts for Krajinovic, who needed three sets to come through for the second time in a row but the good news is the Serb managed to find a way out of sticky situations in both his first two rounds.
After having sent Daniel Altmaier out 6-1 in the third set in his opener, Krajinovic needed two hours and 25 minutes to clinch his second round victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber. He won 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to seal his first set of back to back wins since Belgrade Open in April.
All it needed was one break of serve in the 12th game to win Krajinovic the opening set, but the same repeated against him in the second set. The decider went Krajinovic’s way from the very start as he broke Kohlschreiber in the second and sixth games to claim the win.
Can he now take down Tsitsipas as well?
Tsitsipas v Krajinovic Prediction and Tip
Interesting to note how much of a favourite Tsitsipas is at 1/7 and while we think he should come through, will the match be that one-sided? We think not.