Greek No. 1 Stefanos Tsitsipas will face the Argentinean Guido Andreozzi in his opening match at the 2019 Sydney International. This will be the first time that the two players are meeting each other.
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Tsitsipas’ Career-Defining Season
The 20-year-old started his previous season as the World No. 91. Over the course of the season, he jumped more than 70 places to finish the year as the World No. 15.
His rise to distinction was marked by his consistency and sheer hard work. He started the year in Doha as a qualifier and moved on to reach the quarterfinal, where he lost to Dominic Thiem. After that run, his form took a slight hit as he failed to move past the opening rounds in the next couple of tournaments.
He suffered a streak of defeats up until the Monte-Carlo Masters. After that, he got a direct entry into the main draw the ATP Barcelona. He took his chance and made the most of it by reaching the final, where he lost to Rafael Nadal. His phenomenal run here helped him break into the top 50.
He then moved on to reach the semifinal in Estoril and Washington. He played at the Rogers Cup where he lost in the final, once again to Rafael Nadal. Nonetheless, he defeated the likes of Novak Djokovic, Kevin Anderson, Alexander Zverev, and Dominic Thiem to reach the final in Toronto.
Later that year, he won his first and only title of the season in Stockholm. He also won the ATP Next Gen Finals which certainly boosted his confidence for the coming season.
Andreozzi’s Run on Challenger Tour
Andreozzi, who is currently the World No. 80, mainly competes on the ATP Challenger circuit.
As for his run on the main circuit in 2018, he participated in all the Grand Slams and a couple of ATP events in Winston-Salem and Gstaad. He didn’t have much luck in either although, he was fairly successful on the Challenger Tour.
He won the Challenger events in Szczecin (Poland), Guayaquil (Ecuador), Tunis (Tunisia), and Punta del Este in Uruguay.
As for his run in Sydney this season, he lost in the qualifiers to Andrey Rublev. However, he qualified for the main draw as a lucky loser. In his opening match, he faced Mathew Ebden whom he defeated 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, in a little over two hours.
Tsitsipas v Andreozzi – Who Will Win?
Between Tsitsipas and Andreozzi, it is the Greek who will start this match as the favourite. He is in a superior form in comparison to his Argentinean adversary. However, Andreozzi has got himself a chance here to make the run to his first singles title on the ATP Tour and he will give it his best.
You can watch & bet on Stefanos Tsitsipas v Guido Andreozzi live in the ATP Sydney International with bet365 here* on Wednesday, January 9.