Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Spain’s clay-court specialist Pedro Martinez in the second round of the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Sunday, October 10. Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Pedro Martinez match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Pedro Martinez Head to Head
Tsitsipas has a 1-0 lead in the series against the Martinez. That match happened at this year’s French Open where the Greek triumphed in the second round in straight sets.
Tsitsipas Targets Second Masters 1000 Crown
Stefanos Tsitsipas won his first Masters 1000 title in convincing fashion at this year’s Monte Carlo Masters. He did not drop a set that week as he romped to victory over Andrey Rublev in the final.
At the time, the Greek was regarded as the second-best player on the clay-courts behind Rafael Nadal. Tsitsipas went on to clinch his second title of the season in Lyon, and finished runner-up to Nadal in Barcelona.
At the French Open, he found a different gear as he reached his first Grand Slam final. Despite taking a two-sets-to-love lead over Novak Djokovic, Tsitsipas was upended by the Serbian World No. 1 in five sets.
Defeat to Djokovic in Paris stung a little harder. The World No. 3 suffered a shocking first-round exit at Wimbledon to Frances Tiafoe. Even a return to the clay courts of Hamburg fail to bring the best out of him as he lost Filip Krajinovic in the quarterfinals.
Tsitsipas made his return to North America looking to rekindle his excellent form from the first half of the season. He garnered eight victories between Toronto and US Open to extend his lead to 51 match wins (the most by any player in 2021). But he did not add any titles to his trophy cabinet.
Martinez Sails Past Marcora
Pedro Martinez made short work of Italian journeyman Roberto Marcora, dropping just four games en route to a 6-4 6-0 victory in just 76 minutes.
Martinez, who is making his tournament main draw debut as a result of reaching a career-high ranking of World No. 59, won 84% first-serve points (27 out of 32).
The Spaniard made a fantastic start by breaking Marcora’s serve in the opening game and consolidated until the tenth game when he saved three break points on his serve to take the set.
In the second set, 32-year-old Marcora won just two points behind the return as the game fell apart owing to Martinez’s brutal hitting from the baseline. Martinez made it a clean sweep of games, rounding off the victory without dropping a single point on his first serve in the second set.
Tsitsipas v Martinez Prediction and Tip
Tsitsipas doesn’t have a great track record at this event, but that was before he became a high-profile name in men’s tennis. We expect him to have too much class for the World No. 59 on Sunday night.