In the opening round of the Lyon Open 2021, World No. 27 Aslan Karatsev will be up against World No. 18 and 6th seeded Jannik Sinner.
Match Details :
|Tournament||ATP Lyon Open 2021|
|Match||Aslan Karatsev vs Jannik Sinner|
|Date||17th May, 2021|
Aslan Karatsev vs Jannik Sinner : Preview
Aslan Karatsev is in the form of his life and has been one of the most consistent player this season. The Russian started his season ranked 114 at the 2021 Australian Open where he lost in the semis to eventual winner Novak Djokovic. But his continued success in the last 5 months has seen him break into the Top-30.
His best Clay run came at the Belgrade Open 2021 where he finished as the runner-up after defeating Djokovic in the semi-finals avenging his Australian Open defeat. He comes to Lyon from a surprise defeat in the Rome Masters in the Round of 16.
Jannik Sinner’s battle with luck continues as the young Italian is again handed a tough run of fixtures. He has still played sensationally and has 1 title and 1 runner-up finish in 2021. Similar to Karatsev, Sinner has been at 4 Clay tournaments and his best run came at the Barcelona Open 2021 where he made it till the semis.
Sinner comes to Lyon from a tough loss at the Rome Masters to 9-time winner Rafael Nadal who called the young Italian ‘a tough start‘, as he opened his Rome campaign against Sinner.
Aslan Karatsev vs Jannik Sinner : Head to Head
The duo have met just once, with the meeting taking place in the quarter-finals of the 2021 Dubai Open where Karatsev defeated Sinner in 3-sets and eventually won the title as well. Aslan Karatsev leads the head-to-head tie 1-0.
Aslan Karatsev vs Jannik Sinner : Prediction
With both players in great form, it is difficult to predict the result as the match can very well swing either side. Sinner will have a slight edge over Karatsev as he is better in adapting to the change in games and will have the Dubai Open match in mind to level the terms on the head-to-head. Nevertheless, a mouth-watering clash is on the way.
Prediction: Jannik Sinner to win in 3-sets in the opening round match of the Lyon Open 2021.