Third-seeded Serbian Filip Krajinovic plays Arthur Rinderknech in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Kitzbuhel Open on Thursday, July 29. Get the live streaming options of this Filip Krajinovic v Arthur Rinderknech match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Filip Krajinovic v Arthur Rinderknech Head to Head
33rd-ranked Serbian Krajinovic has not played Rinderknech before this.
Krajinovic Sees Off Taberner
Filip Krajinovic maintained his quest for a first ATP title with a three-set win over Spain’s Carlos Taberner in the Round of 16 in Kitzbuhel. By virtue of being a higher seed, the Serbian received a bye in the opening round and arrived in Austria in great form.
Krajinovic had lost to another Carlos, in the form of teenage sensation Alcaraz in his last outing in the quarterfinals of Umag. And in Taberner – a player who had warmed up nicely by getting through two qualifying matches and scoring a main draw win over Seyboth Wild – an upset was brewing.
Except that the World No. 33 has been in a rich vein of form in recent months, highlighted by a runner-up finish in Hamburg. However, he was consumed by nerves in the first game in which he had to save three breakpoints. But once he settled on the board, the match stayed on serve until the eighth game.
The Spanish qualifier was the first to crack as he was broken to love, leaving Krajinovic free to serve for the opening set. But Taberner made amends in the second set, taking advantage of Krajinovic’s faltering serve and levelled in 41 minutes.
The Serbian clawed his way back in front in the decider with two breaks of serve doing enough damage to book his spot in the last eight.
Rinderknech Saves Match Point to Beat Rune
Arthur Rinderknech saved a match point to defeat the Danish youngster Holger Rune 6-4 3-6 7-6 in precisely two and half hours.
The Frenchman’s heavy-hitting and powerful serve were on full show. Rinderknech fired 12 aces to eight double faults, and won 84% of first-serve points. He broke in the first game of the opening set and kept consolidating till the end.
Rune managed to restore parity in a tightly-contested second set. And in the decider, the Dane nudged ahead and saw a match point against serve being wiped away. The 18-year-old still had the opportunity in his racket when he served for the match at 5-4.
But Rinderknech’s big-match experience of winning a handful of matches lately proved to be the difference and he forced a tiebreak. Rune was consumed by nerves and dropped two successive serves at the tail end to concede the set and the match.
Krajinovic v Rinderknech Prediction and Tip
The altitude suits Rinderknech’s heavy serve. He was unplayable in his win over Delbonis in the first round. And he needed his serve to bail him out of trouble against Holger Rune.
Krajinovic will pose a different level of competition, but the Frenchman who is up at a career-high ranking of 91 is poised to make things problematic for the Serb.