World No. 18, Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain will take on Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia , the world number 27, in the first round of the 2021 Vienna Open on Monday, October 25. Get the live streaming options of this Pablo Carreno-Busta v Nikoloz Basilashvili match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Pablo Carreno-Busta v Nikoloz Basilashvili Head to Head
The pair have played each other once before, on clay in Hamburg in 2018, Basilashvili winning in straight sets..
Olympic Medal Among Highlights of the Year for Spaniard
Despite winning two titles in 2021 – the Andalucía Open in April and the Hamburg Open in July, and appearing in a further final in Moselle last month, Carreno-Busta may look back to the Olympics and the bronze medal he won in the singles, as mong his greatest achievements of the season.
And, although there have been over highlights, including a fourth round at the French Open and a quarter-final in Cincinnati, he is currently on track to finish the year ranked slightly lower than he started it.
In part this is because he lost a lot of ranking points after the US Open where he reached the semi-finals in 2020, but was knocked out in the first round this time by the American Maxime Cressy.
That run in Metz followed, and that was followed by Indian Wells where he got to the second round before losing in straight sets to Karen Khachanov.
Basilashvili Returns as Indian Wells Runner-Up
This will be Basilashvili’s first competitive match since the Indian Wells final, where he led Cameron Norrie by a set and a break, but still contrived to lose.
That was his third final of the year – he had won the other two, the Qatar Open in March and the Bavarian Championships two months later.
His form though in 2021 has varied considerably, and in between those successes, there have been weeks when he has really struggled.
The Georgian now seems certain to finish inside the world’s top 30 for the first time since 2019, but a good result here, and in the one remaining Masters event, remaining, in Paris next week, will make doubly sure of that.
Carreno-Busta v Basilashvili Prediction and Tip
Basilashvili will start the favourite for this match. He won their only previous meeting, and that was on the Spaniard’s preferred surface, suggesting the Georgian may just have the edge.