Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Jannik Sinner: Barcelona Open Prediction | Preview | H2H Analysis

A scintillating semifinal is on the cards as the second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on the 11th seed Jannik Sinner in the Barcelona Open.

Tsitsipas vs Sinner: Barcelona Open Preview

Tsitsipas cruised to a comfortable 6-3 6-3 win against the 10th seed Felix Auger Aliassime in the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open 2021. It was his fourth win in a row against the Canadian. The Greek clinched 78% of his first-serve points, pounded 11 winners, and also saved all three breakpoints.

“I think my hard efforts paid off, I would not say it was the best start, but I managed to win my serve from 0/40 down in the second game, that got me into the match and helped me to break him at the end, I did not panic, but I knew what I was doing, it feels good to be able to play the way I am, I really hope the winning streak continues," said Tsitsipas quite pleased with his performance in the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open against Felix.

On the other hand, Jannik Sinner stunned the 3rd seed Andrey Rublev 6-2 7-6(6) in the other quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open 2021. The Italian displayed a better second serve winning an impressive 65% of points on it 2% more than his first serve (63%). The teen also fired 20 winners. 

“I am trying to get better every week, he has played many matches already this year and I tried to play my tennis, it was difficult to finish it off, I had three break points at 5-5 in the second set, which I could not convert, but I am pleased to win in the end, I am getting more experience in every tournament I play," opined a delightful Sinner after winning in straight sets against the in-form Rublev.

Tsitsipas vs Sinner: Barcelona Open Live Stream

The Barcelona Open semi-final match is scheduled to begin at 1:30 PM Central European Time and can be streamed via 'Tennis TV' channel on YouTube. 

Tennis fans in the U.S can watch the Barcelona Open semi-final between Sinner and Rublev on the ESPN+ platforms and on the ATP's official streaming site, TennisTV. 

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Jannik Sinner: Head to Head Record

Tsitsipas and Sinner are equally tied at 1-1 in their head-to-head record. They met twice in the second round of the ATP-1000 Rome Masters in 2019 and 2020. The Greek won the first clash in straight sets while the Italian teen sensation won the second encounter in three sets.

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Sinner will face a tough challenge in overcoming the mercurial Tsitsipas who will aim to continue his golden form on the tour. Image Credits - First Sportz

Tsitsipas vs Sinner: Barcelona Open Key Insights

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas is playing his fifth semifinal in the 2021 season.
  • Jannik Sinner is the youngest semifinalist in 16 years at the Barcelona Open since Rafael Nadal did it in 2005.
  • Tsitsipas has an impressive 25-5 win-loss record this year.
  • Sinner is featuring in his 3rd semifinal on the ATP Tour in 2021.
  • The young Italian has an 18-6 win-loss record in the 2021 ATP season.
  • Sinner is playing in the semifinal of a clay-court tournament for the first time in his career.

Tsitsipas vs Sinner:  Barcelona Open Game Analysis

Having won his last eight matches in straight sets each, Tsitsipas is in red-hot form and continuing his exploits at Barcelona Open post a maiden ATP Masters title triumph in Monte Carlo last week. 

With his impressive court coverage and all-round game, the Greek who is blessed with solid shot-making skills can force his opponents to commit a series of unforced errors. 

Jannik Sinner has displayed no nerves against the top players. With two consecutive victories against higher-ranked opponents like Roberto Bautista Agut and Rublev, the Italian is peaking at the right time in Barcelona Open. 

Sinner targets his opponents on their weaker backhand and unleashes his strong forehand to grab a lot of points. 

Stefanos Tsitsipas can unsettle Jannik Sinner with his deep groundstrokes by operating effectively from the baseline. Sinner can trouble the Greek with his foot speed in the semi-final of the Barcelona Open. It has been a dream year for him so far after making his debut in the top-20 of the ATP rankings. 

Tsitsipas has been the most consistent player in recent times and he is also aiming for a top 3 finish at the end of the season (currently ranked 5). He has won almost 80% of points on his first serve. 

The Greek's experience in big matches could help him edge past Jannik though the Italian could make the current Monte Carlo Open champion work hard for getting points.

Prediction - Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the semi-final of the Barcelona Open in three sets against Jannik Sinner.

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