Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Friday, October 15. Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Nikoloz Basilashvili match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Nikoloz Basilashvili Head to Head
Tsitsipas has won both their previous matches. While Basilashvili got a set in each of those matches (in Beijing and Australian Open, both in 2019), it was the Greek who emerged victorious.
Tsitsipas Scores Another Come-from-Behind Victory
For a second consecutive round, second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas had to fight back from a set down to stay alive at the Indian Wells Open.
Made to work hard by Fabio Fognini in the Round of 32, Tsitsipas once again found himself a set down in the Round of 16 against Australia’s Alex de Minaur, losing the set in the tiebreak. The second needed a tiebreaker as well, but this time it was the Greek who dominated it to force the decider.
With the match poised at one-set all, Tsitsipas dominated the third, breaking de Minaur twice and dropping just five points on his serve to claim the two-hour-and-44-minute contest 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.
In all, Tsitsipas converted half of the 10 break points he held in the match, struck 38 winners against the Australian’s 32 and made 32 unforced errors in the match, eight fewer than his opponent.
With the win the 23-year-old is 54-15 for the season now. Having never gone beyond the second round at Indian Wells, he is now inching closer to the title. A win on Friday could set-up a semifinal clash with third seed Alexander Zverev, who plays his quarterfinal against Taylor Fritz.
Runner-up at Roland Garros and champion in Monte Carlo and Lyon this year, Tsitsipas will be aiming for a 10th final four appearance of the season.
The World No. 3 began his Indian Wells campaign with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Spain’s Pedro Martinez before beating Fognini 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the third round.
Basilashvili Dispatches Khachanov
Nikoloz Basilashvili is into the quarterfinals of a tournament for an eighth time this season after scoring a straight sets win over Russia’s Karen Khachanov in the Round of 16.
The 29th seed needed an hour and 56 minutes to dispatch Khachanov 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) on Thursday.
The Georgian had begun his Indian Wells challenge by beating American Christopher Eubanks 6-4, 6-3 in the second round, before having to rally past Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the third round for a 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 victory in two hours and 24 minutes.
This is the first time that Basilashvili has gone beyond the first round at Indian Wells. With the win over Khachanov, Basilashvili is now 30-24 this season, and that includes two titles in Doha and Munich.
Against Khachanov, Basilashvili started the match with a break of serve, but saw the advantage wiped off a couple of games later. He however took the first with a second break later in the set.
In the second, the Georgian looked to be cruising after having built a 5-3 lead, but couldn’t close out the contest as the Russian came back winning the next three games. Basilashvili managed to break Khachanov’s momentum in the next game, forcing the tiebreak. He eventually converted a fifth match point in the tiebreak and advanced to the next round.
Tsitsipas v Basilashvili Prediction and Tip
Tsitsipas has not lost to Basilashvili before and he will be the favourite in the quarterfinal as well.