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Jannik Sinner vs Aslan Karatsev: Lyon Open 2021: Prediction | Preview | H2H Stats

Sixth seed Jannik Sinner sets up an enthralling encounter against the in-form Aslan Karatsev in the first round of the ATP-250 Lyon Open 2021.

Jannik Sinner vs Aslan Karatsev

Jannik Sinner lost to the eventual winner, Rafael Nadal, 7-5 6-4 in the second round of the Rome Masters a few days ago. The Italian teen had plenty of opportunities to take the first set against the Spaniard but failed to convert them.

On the other hand, Aslan Karatsev was knocked out by the big-serving Reilly Opelka 7-6(6) 6-4 in the pre-quarterfinals in the Italian capital. The Russian struggled as Opelka fired 18 aces in the match. Aslan Karatsev managed to win a mere 19% of return points on his first serve.

Sinner vs Karatsev: Head to Head Record

  • Karatsev leads the head to head record 1-0 against Sinner. 
  • The Russian defeated the teen sensation in three sets in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Open in March this year.
Jannik Sinner vs Aslan Karatsev
Karatsev will aim to fine-tune his game ahead of the French Open starting on May 30, while Sinner will look to rediscover the form that helped him break into the top-20 of the ATP Rankings. Image Credits - Getty Images

Sinner vs Karatsev: Lyon Open Live Stream

The 2021 Lyon Open First Round match between Jannik Sinner and Aslan Karatsev can be streamed live on Tennis TV YouTube channel.

Jannik Sinner vs Aslan Karatsev: Lyon Open Match Preview

Jannik Sinner is an aggressive player from the baseline. With just two weeks to go for the start of the French Open, he will be targetting a deep run in Lyon after back-to-back second-round losses in the Mutua Madrid Open and the Rome Masters.

Jannik Sinner will have to maintain consistency after claiming only 21% of return points on his first serve in his last match against Karatsev in Dubai.

Aslan Karatsev is a powerful hitter of the ball and can flummox his opponents with a series of opponents. 2021 has been a dream year for the Russian as he has jumped from the 114th spot to the 27th rank now.

The 27-year-old is not afraid to face the big players having beaten stars like Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Diego Schwartzman, Grigor Dimitrov, and Rublev this year. 

Jannik Sinner should not go blow-for-blow with his topspin heavy forehand against Karatsev's rock-solid defense. 

The Italian must play the waiting game and tire out the Aslan Karatsev in the long rallies. The Russian has a deep flick-of-the-wrist forehand, sharp volleying skills, and is smart in court positioning.

Karatsev has a better all-round game than Sinner and often makes it to the quarters or semis of tournaments. 

The Italian has been suffering early exits in the last few tournaments and that could affect his game. The Russian's improved netgame could prove to be the difference.

Prediction - Aslan Karatsev to win in three sets against Jannik Sinner in the First Round tie of the ATP-250 Lyon Open

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