Jannik Sinner of Italy will play Dennis Novak Austria in the second round of the 2021 Vienna Open on Thursday, October 28. Get the live streaming options of this Jannik Sinner v Dennis Novak match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jannik Sinner v Dennis Novak Head to Head
Sinner and Novak have never been involved in a career head-to-head meeting before. However, with the Italian coming off his sixth career title win in Antwerp, Belgium and the Austrian winning a close match in the first round in Vienna, expect another knife-edged contest as the two cross swords for the first time on Thursday.
Sinner Eyeing His Sixth Career Title and Fifth This Season in Vienna
In what is turning out to be a glittering season for Sinner, he already has four titles against his name, including the successful defense of the Sofia title that he won last year.
After following up his title defense in the Bulgarian capital with a run to the last-16 at the Indian Wells Masters, the current World No.11 launched his European Open campaign with a straight-set defeat of fellow countryman Lorenzo Musetti.
Another thumping win over Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech saw him set up an exciting semifinal showing against South African Lloyd Harris.
However, though billed as a close encounter, the last-four clash failed to live up to its hype as the South African received a masterclass from the rampant Italian, going down in a breeze, quite literally.
In the championship clash against current World No.16 Diego Schwartzman, Sinner produced near-flawless tennis to inflict a crushing defeat on the Argentine to lift his fifth career title.
Eyeing more laurels before the season draws to a close, the Italian downed big-serving American Reilly Opelka in straight sets to get his Vienna campaign off to a rousing start.
The win saw him set up a second-round outing against 116th-ranked Austrian Dennis Novak on Thursday. While not playing the Italian might work to the Austrian’s advantage, for Sinner, on current form, it hardly seems to mater if the guy at the other end of the court is a familiar opponent or not.
Novak Faces Daunting Challenge Against Sinner
Aspiring to be in the top bracket of the men’s game and close to breaking into the top-100 in singles, Novak came into the Vienna Open after suffering an opening-round defeat in Antwerp.
However, even in defeat, there was a silver-lining in the manner in which he cleared the qualifiers to make the main tournament draw and gave a tough fight to his opening-round rival, Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.
The Austrian took Fucsovics, a quarter-finalist at this year’s Wimbledon Championships, to a tiebreak in the opening set. However, the Hungarian summoned his superior experience to wear down his opponent and eventually close out a win in straight sets.
Brushing aside his defeat in the Belgian city, Novak showed incredible spirit and doggedness to eke out a close win over experienced Italian Gianluca Mager in the opening round in Vienna.
In a match where both sets went to a tiebreak, the 28-year-old Austrian showed nerves of steel to come out a winner.
However, he now faces a daunting second-round clash with Italian World No.11 Sinner. While he isn’t fancied to go past the in-form Italian in Thursday’s clash, Novak will play with freedom and give it his all, hoping for the result to take care of itself.
Upsets aren’t exotic in the fiercely competitive men’s tennis circuit and the Austrian will have hopes of pulling off one over the Italian.
Sinner v Novak Prediction and Tip
Current form and ranking make Sinner an absolute favorite going into this second-round battle, but Novak won’t have the burden of expectations on him and will play with the freedom of one who has nothing to lose.