Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky
|Date & Time||Friday February 22, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)|
Palais des sports de Marseille
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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Sergiy Stakhovsky meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Open 13.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a straight sets win over Hubert Hurkacz that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Tsitsipas won 85 percent of his first serve points and 69 percent of his second serve points. Tsitsipas won 80 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his five break points. Tsitsipas got 72 percent of his first serves in play and didn’t face a single break point, and if that’s a sign of things to come, he’s got a real chance to win this title. Tsitsipas has been a little sluggish this month and you have to question if it’s a hangover from the Australian Open, but if he’s able to repeat what he did in his last match, the 20-year-old will be marching toward the semifinals with ease. Tsitsipas has split his last six matches on indoor hard court.
Sergiy Stakhovsky is coming off a straight sets win over Gregoire Barrere that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Stakhovsky won 79 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Stakhovsky won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on both of his break points. Stakhovsky has won four of his five sets this tournament and gives himself a chance if he can build on the 19 aces he’s hit up to this point. Free points are so key when an underdog, and they certainly help ease the nerves as well. Stakhovsky has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament since winning a challenger title in Ilkley back in June. Stakhovsky has split his last six matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was a 2017 challenger match, a meeting Stakhovsky won in three sets. The match took 32 games to be decided.
Tsitsipas is a much more comfortable and confident player than he was two years ago when these two first met, and he’s the more rested player with an extra day off. Stakhovsky hasn’t made a deep run on the main tour in ages and entered this tournament in shaky form against subpar competition to begin with. It’s hard seeing Stakhovsky put together a complete performance to beat one of the hottest players in the world on the mens side.
Tsitsipas wins likely in straight sets.