Stefanos Tsitsipas and Aslan Karatsev will lock horns for a third-round berth at the Monte Carlo Masters 2021.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Aslan Karatsev: Preview
Even though Tsitsipas has not yet lifted a title this year, he has had a remarkable season so far. He has a win-loss record of 16-5. The 22-year-old from Athens began the season with a semifinal run at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Afterwards, Greek fell to Russian Andrey Rublev in straight-set before reaching the Rotterdam Open championship match. Later, Tsitsipas went to Marseille to defend his title, but he lost his quarterfinal match to host Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Tsitsipas then made his debut at the ATP Acapulco Open and subsequently played this season’s first final against German Alexander Zverev. Before arriving in Monte Carlo, he reached his 5th quarter-final of the year in Miami Gardens.
On the other hand, Aslan Karatsev has had his career-best season so far in 2021. He has a win-loss record of 13-3. Russian started this season as a qualifier at the Australian Open, where he stormed into his first-ever Grand Slam semifinal in his main draw debut.
After that, in the middle east swing, he fell in the second round to Dominic Thiem at the Qatar Open. And Karatsev eventually claimed his maiden ATP tour-level singles title at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships as a wild card entrant.
At the Miami Open 2021, Russian lost his second-round match to host Sebastian Korda in straight sets. In Monte Carlo, he advanced into the round of 32 after defeating Italian NextGen Lorenzo Musetti without dropping a set.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Aslan Karatsev: Head-To-Head
In the ATP tour, the Monte Carlo Masters 2021’s round of 32 clash will be the first meeting between Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Aslan Karatsev. As a result, their head-to-head series is 0-0.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Aslan Karatsev: Prediction
No.4 seed Tsitsipas is the favourite to win this battle, while the unseeded Karatset has stunned the numerous seeded players this season so far.
The Russian’s previous match result shows that he could be ready to make things hard for Greek on the Mediterranean Seashore.
Simultaneously, Tsitsipas has been showcasing his best performance on clay surfaces in recent years. He reached the final in Hamburg, followed by the semifinal at the French Open last year.
Tsitsipas’s strong forehand, quick footwork, and powerful serve would help him take the lead against Karatsev from the beginning of the match. But, Karatsev is not the kind of player to easily give up in the early stages. And he could force Tsitsipas to play the decider.
However, Stefanos Tsitsipas could win the highly expected match on edge because of his experience on red dirt.
Match Prediction: Stefanos Tsitsipas to win in the three sets.