World No. 105 Arthur Rinderknech will play Swiss wild card, Dominic Stephan Stricker, in the first round of the 2021 Gstaad Open on Monday, July 19. Get the live streaming options of this Arthur Rinderknech v Dominic Stephan Stricker match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Arthur Rinderknech v Dominic Stephan Stricker Head to Head
Rinderknech and Stricker have not played each other before this.
Rinderknech Fresh Off A Quarterfinal in Bastad
Arthur Rinderknech reached his third quarterfinal of the season in Bastad, and his second on clay this term. After years of toiling in the lower rungs of the tennis pro circuit, Rinderknech is finally reaping huge rewards at tour-level with an aggressive and attacking game.
Rinderknech has been on a steep climb in the rankings in the last 18 months. He had captured two Challenger titles when the tennis tour was suspended in March last season. But he didn’t lose his self-drive on resumption despite winning six matches at 10 tournaments.
In 2021, Rinderknech won his third ATP Challenger crown in Istanbul at the end of January. He was also successful in his bid to reach the main draws of both the French Open and Wimbledon. These results have catapulted in his rise to within a touching distance of a top 100 ranking.
The Frenchman is currently sitting at a career-high ranking of World No. 105 and another deep run in Gstaad could see him crack the top-100 for the first time in his career. At 25, not all is lost still.
Rinderknech, however, will have his hands full when he takes on the highly talented Swiss teenager Dominik Stephan Stricker who has already won a Challenger title on home soil.
Stricker Looks to Impress on Home Soil
Dominik Stephan Stricker is no stranger to performing on home soil. He won his first and thus far only professional tennis title at the Lugano Challenger at the end of March.
But aside from that success on the indoor hard courts, he is an incredibly versatile player considering that he is only 18, and has not been ranked higher than 280 in the world rankings. In fact, the young Swiss has enjoyed one of the most meteoric rises since the turn of the year.
Stricker was ranked outside the top 1000 at the start of the season before he embarked on serving up statement wins on both tours.
Stricker’s all-court game was on full show at tour-level events in Geneva and Stuttgart. In the former, he stunner Marin Cilic and Marton Fucsovics en route to the quarterfinals. And on the lawns in Germany, he scored a sensational straight-sets victory over Hubert Hurkacz – the 2021 Wimbledon semifinalist.
Stricker arrives in Gstaad where he is a wild card entrant on the back of another productive week on the Challenger tour. He won the doubles title in Perugia alongside Ukraine’s Vitaliy Sachko.
Rinderknech v Stricker Prediction and Tip
Stricker had not even played a top 200 opponent before his big breakthrough at the Lugano Challenger this season. This clearly puts into perspective his jaw-dropping rise. The bookies cannot separate these two, giving Rinderknech a fair chance of continuing with his consistent run of form. But going with the games market certainly represents value.