Toyota Thailand Open: Men’s Singles Finals Preview, Head to Head, Prediction

Recently crowned Yonex Thailand Open winner Viktor Axelsen faces compatriot Hans Kristian Vittinghus in the Men's singles final of Toyota Thailand Open.

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Viktor Axelsen Hans Vittinghus

The Asian leg is coming to an end with the finals of the Toyota Thailand Open on 24th January 2021. It’s been a remarkable tournament for Denmark with the men’s singles final being an all Danish affair. An in-form fourth seed Viktor Axelsen locks horns with compatriot Hans Kristian Vittinghus on Sunday at the Impact Arena, Bangkok.

Here’s a preview of the Men’s Singles Finals.

Match Details:

  • Viktor Axelsen [4] vs Hans Kristian Vittinghus
  • Date: 24th January 2021
  • Tournament: Toyota Thailand Open 2021
  • Venue: Impact Arena, Bangkok
  • Category: Super 1000
  • Round: Final

Viktor Axelsen [4] vs Hans Kristian Vittinghus: Men’s singles finals Match Preview 

Hans Kristian Vittinghus
Hans Kristian Vittinghus

Viktor Axelsen is currently the top men’s singles player from Denmark and among the top in the world too, ranked number 4. Hans Kristian Vittinghus on the other hand is ranked number 42. Axelsen has been in great form, winning the Spain Masters 2020, All England 2020, and Yonex Thailand Open 2021, the last one, after having recovered after an injury. Vittinghus plays his first Super 100o final since 2014.

Viktor Axelsen [4] vs Hans Kristian VittinghusHead-to-Head

The head-to-head record at the international stage between the two teammates is really close. Viktor Axelsen marginally leads, 3-2 over his senior. The last meeting between the two was in Malayasia Masters 2019, where Axelsen had won in straight games,closely fought. Prior to that, they had played each other in a BWF tournament back in 2015 and earlier. They would surely have played each other in their home country, and in training, which means they know each other’s games very well.

Viktor Axelsen [4] vs Hans Kristian Vittinghus: Match Prediction

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Viktor Axelsen

Axelsen has been in absolutely brilliant form technically, skill-wise as well as in terms of physical fitness. On the other hand, the victories that Hans 35-year-old Hans Vittinghus has pulled of this week in marathon matches have been incredible. If Vittinghus has recovered from these physically tolling matches and can keep his momentum up, Axelsen will definitely have a difficult task on hand and work hard to get points. Hans is thoroughly motivated to prove a point and secure a place in the national team. Vittinghus is going to fight hard for the coveted Super 1000 title.

“The Thomas Cup is already on my mind,” said Vittinghus, who is currently ranked No.42. “Last year it was my biggest goal to be part of the team and it is again, this year. Of course there are some things I’d like to achieve, but basically I’m not going to the Olympics, and there’s a good chance that the World Championships are not for me anymore, with my position in the Danish team. So for me there’s basically only two important things left, and that’s the All England and the Thomas Cup. I know I’ve won the Thomas Cup before, but it would be amazing to repeat it and there’s fierce competition for men’s singles, so that’s why it was important for me to show I can beat the third men’s singles on one of the contending teams.

Prediction: Viktor Axelsen wins in close games.

When and Where to watch?

The matches start at 10:30 AM IST and will be telecast live on Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 2 HD TV channels in India and Disney+ Hotstar OTT platform. Viktor Axelsen [4] vs Hans Kristian Vittinghus is 4th in the order of play.

Also Read: Toyota Thailand Open 2021: Men’s Singles SF review

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