Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Guido Andreozzi
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 8, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
NSW Tennis Centre
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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Guido Andreozzi meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Sydney International.
Stefanos Tsitsipas ended up losing two of his three matches in the Hopman Cup, which included a shocking straight sets loss to Cameron Norrie. Tsitsipas finished the 2018 season as one of the hotter players in the sport, but he had some serving issues in the Hopman Cup and is coming off a loss to Roger Federer in which he won just 19 percent of his return points. Even though Tsitsipas enters this tournament as the top seed, it’s important he just gets his feet under him and regains that form he finished the year with, especially with the Australian Open right around the corner. The next step for Tsitsipas is grand slam success, and he has a shot to turn some heads heading into next week if playing well. Tsitsipas has split his last six matches on hard court.
Guido Andreozzi is coming off a three sets win over Matthew Ebden that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Andreozzi won 74 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Andreozzi won 63 percent of his total service points and saved four of his six break points. Andreozzi showed great fight to win that match considering he was a set down and playing an Aussie in Australia, so it’s one of the better wins we’ve seen from him recently. Andreozzi is now playing with house money at this point and a win here over a top-20 player would be a career moment for the 27-year-old. Andreozzi hasn’t won back-to-back matches on the main tour since Winston-Salem of last year. Andreozzi has split his last six matches on hard court.
These two have played once in the past, which was in Genova (challenger play) in 2017, a match Tsitsipas won in straight sets. The match took 19 games to be decided.
Andreozzi is coming off an impressive win and guys who have nothing to lose are scary this time of year as players are getting their feet under them in the new season. Still, picking Andreozzi to win this match or even be competitive may be a stretch when you consider how green he is on the main tour. Andreozzi doesn’t face this quality of play often, and Tsitsipas should be eager to put together some success after a disappointing showing in the Hopman Cup.
Tsitsipas wins this match in straight sets.