World No.36 Filip Krajinovic of Serbia will play against World No.65 Alexei Popyrin in the first round of the Montpellier Open 2022.
Filip Krajinovic vs Alexei Popyrin : Match Details
- Tournament: Montpellier Open 2022
- Date: 1 February 2022
- Match: Filip Krajinovic vs Alexei Popyrin
- Venue: Montpellier, France
- Round: First Round
- Surface: Hard Court
- Prize Money: $5,580
Filip Krajinovic vs Alexei Popyrin : Preview
Filip Krajinovic had a mixed 2021 season. He started the year well with a third-round finish at the Australian Open, only losing to eventual runner-up Daniil Medvedev in fives sets. He also managed to reach the third round of the Indian Wells and Monte-Carlo Masters and also finished as a runner-up at the Hamburg European Open. But the Serb couldn’t capitalize on his good start to the season and lost in the opening rounds of both the Wimbledon and the US Open, which saw him drop out of the top-30 of the ATP rankings.
Alexei Popyrin had a decent 2021 season. He won his first ATP title at the Singapore Open in February and also notched up wins against top-ranked players, including Stefanos Tsitsipas and Marin Cilic. He finished the year ranked No.61, 52 places above his previous year-end ranking.
Filip Krajinovic vs Alexei Popyrin : Head-to-Head
Krajinovic and Popyrin have never squared off against each other on tour before, so their head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Filip Krajinovic vs Alexei Popyrin : Prediction
Krajinovic has a 2-2 win-loss record this year compared to Popyrin’s 1-3. Krajinovic started his 2022 season well by winning his first two matches playing for Serbia at the ATP Cup, but lost to Pablo Carreno-Busta in the next match and then to Diego Schwartzman in the first round of the Australian Open. Popyrin also started his season with a win in the first round of the ATP Melbourne (Summer Set), but then lost in the next round, which was followed by defeats in the opening rounds of both the ATP Sydney International and the Australian Open.
Both the players will be eager to put their poor run of form behind them and begin this tournament with a win. Krajinovic is the better player compared to the Australian, especially on hard courts, and he has much more experience than Popyrin. Looking at the numbers, Krajinovic is the favorite to win this match.
Prediction: Krajinovic to win in straight sets
Filip Krajinovic vs Alexei Popyrin : Broadcast and Livestream Details
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