Number two seed Aslan Karatsev plays veteran Giles Simon in the quarterfinals of the 2021 ATP Kremlin Cup on Friday, October 22. Get the live streaming options of this Aslan Karatsev v Giles Simon match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Aslan Karatsev v Giles Simon Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between both players on tour.
Karatsev Fluent In Opener
Russian Aslan Karatsev seems to be regaining the form that propelled him up the rankings to have a breakthrough season in the first half of this year.
Karatsev was a surprise package at the Australian Open making the semi-finals as a qualifier and then going on to win the ATP 500 in Dubai in March. He followed it with a runner-up performance at the Serbia Open in Belgrade, defeated world number one and home favorite Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals en route.
The Russian has struggled with form since, but looked to turn it around in recent weeks since the US Open.
He was a quarter-finalist at the San Diego Open defeating Hubert Hurkacz on the way and made the round of 16 at the Indian Wells last week defeating Canadian Denis Shapovalov in a stellar performance.
Seeded second here in Moscow, after a first round bye, Karatsev looked in prime touch defeating Egor Gerasimov dropping only seven games in the match.
With top seed Andrey Rublev out of the tournament, Karatsev will definitely be one of the favorites to claim the title given the form he seems to be getting into especially.
Simon Surprises To Make Quarter-Finals
36-year-old French veteran Gilles Simon has just not managed to get it going this season as he arrived in Moscow with a 3-16 record for the season that was marred by poor form, early losses and Covid-19 misfortune to his team that saw him withdraw from the US Open.
Simon has participated on the ATP Challenger Tour but found the going tough there as well. Prior to this week, his only wins on the tour this year came against Elias Ymer in Melbourne-2, Stefano Travaglia in Cagliari and Arthur Rinderknech in Winston-Salem.
However, the Frenchman seems to have had a resurgence of some sort this week upsetting Serb Laslo Dere in a tight three-setter and then going on to win a convincing straight sets match against Mackenzie McDonald qualifying him for the final eight with a match against Karatsev.
Karatsev v Simon Prediction and Tip
Both players have been in very different places with their careers this season. While Karatsev is getting back to the form that saw him breakthrough in the first half of the year, it has been a poor year for Simon despite the positives of this week.
Expect Karatsev to prevail in two competitive sets.