Top seed Jannik Sinner begins the defense of his Sofia Open title against Belarusian qualifier Egor Gerasimov in the second round of the 2021 Sofia Open on Thursday, September 30. Get the live streaming options of this Jannik Sinner v Egor Gerasimov match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jannik Sinner v Egor Gerasimov Head to Head
Their only prior meeting was on the Barcelona clay courts earlier this year which Sinner won convincingly.
Sinner Aims at Defending Sofia Open Title
Jannik Sinner begins the defense of his Sofia Open title which was also his maiden ATP title at the end of a pandemic- stricken 2020 season.
The Italian has shown a lot of promise on the tour over the last two seasons and impressed all breaking into the top 20 in the world in the ATP rankings. While the year has been a good one for Sinner , he has fallen short on some of the big occasions which has been disappointing and also depictive of the fact that the 20-year-old needs to grown mentally with experience.
Sinner started the year strong winning the ATP 250 in Melbourne and followed it by making the finals of the ATP 1000 in Miami, where he was runner-up to Hurkacz. The number one seed here in Sofia also won his first ATP 500 title at the Citi Open in Washington DC as part of the run-up to the US Open.
However, he would have hoped to have had better runs at the majors and will be definitely disappointed with first round losses at the Aussie Open and at Wimbledon.
Having already qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan (a title he won in 2019), Sinner remains in the hunt for the Tour Finals in Turin and will hope the next few hard court and indoor tournaments enable him to get there.
Qualifier Gerasimov Comes Through Tough Opener
Belarus’ Egor Gerasimov qualified for the main draw with two straight set wins in the qualifiers. Gerasimov defeated Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy 6-3, 7-6 in the first qualifying round on Sunday and then ousted Turkey’s Altug Celikbilek 7-6, 6-3 in the second qualifying round on Monday.
Gerasimov started the season strong but lost form during the clay season and not quite been the same player that reached the semifinals in Montpellier and the Round of 16 at the ATP 250 in Melbourne.
Hard courts bring the best out of Gerasimov and after an indifferent run since the Tokyo Olympics, the Belarusian looked confident in the first round again Canada’s Vasek Pospisil saving match points in the second tiebreak to come back and win in three sets. This will give Gerasimov the much needed confidence he seems to be lacking as he makes strides towards returning back into the good touch from earlier in the season.
Sinner v Gerasimov Prediction and Tip
Expect a good match between both players, but Sinner is by far the better player and the surface suits him well. The defending champion to begin his 2021 Sofia Open campaign with a straight sets win.