World No.40, Nikoloz Basilashvili comes into this match as an overwhelming favorite owing to the experience the Georgian tennis player has gathered over the many years. Basilashvili is set to face Altug Cilekbilek, a 24 year-old player from Turkey, where the ATP Antalya 2021 is taking place.
- Date: 9th January, 2021
- Tournament: Antalya Open 2021
- Fixture: Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Altug Cilekbilek
- Venue: Antalya, Turkey
- Category: ATP 250
- Round: Round of 16(Second round)
- Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
- Prize money: €361,800
Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Altug Cilekbilek: Match Preview
28 year-old Basilashvili is the only player after Roger Federer to win back to back titles at the Hamburg Open in 2018 and 2019. He is also the only Georgian player to have won the Hamburg Open. His last match was at the Sofia Open in Bulgaria which he lost to Swiss player Marc-Andrea Huesler. Basilashvili defeated Italian Arnaboldi in three sets in his opening match of the Turkish Open.
Turkish, Cilekbilek is relatively unknown at this level with a career ranking of 309. Çelikbilek has won 2 ITF singles titles and 10 ITF doubles titles. The 24 year-old Turkish defeated Polish player, Zuk in two sets that went into a tie-breaker at the opening match of the ATP Antalya 2021.
Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Altug Cilekbilek: Head to head
There is no head to head record between Altug Celikbilek and Nikoloz Basilashvili since this would be the first time that they will face off in the main tour.
Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Altug Cilekbilek: Prediction
Nikoloz comes into this match as an obvious pick to win the encounter against homeboy, Celikbilek who would only be having the support of the crowd on his side. Being a winner of a few ATP titles in his career, the Georgian will work his way around the ball to grab a victory against the newbie and advance into next round of the Turkish tournament.
Match Prediction: Nikoloz Basilashvili in straight sets.