Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Tommy Paul
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 31, 2019, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Tommy Paul meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Citi Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas hasn’t played since losing a five set opening match in Wimbledon, and he enters this tournament losing four of his last six main tour matches. The last time we saw Tsitsipas, he had seven double faults, was broken five times and hit 43 unforced errors to 54 winners. Tsitsipas is obviously a much better player than what he’s shown recently, and maybe the lengthy amount of time off will help him get back on track. If Tsitsipas can return to form and get his confidence back, he should be considered somebody who can win this tournament. Tsitsipas has lost his opening match three times since Indian Wells. Tsitsipas has split his last six matches on hard court.
Tommy Paul is coming off a straight sets win over Denis Kudla that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Paul won 75 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Paul won 72 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his nine break points. Paul got 65 percent of his first serves in play, faced just one break point and hit nine aces. As long as Paul takes care of his first serve like he just did, he has a chance in this contest. Paul looks to win back-to-back matches on the main tour for the first time since last years Citi Open. Paul has never beaten a top-10 player in his career. Paul has split his last six matches on hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Tsitsipas isn’t playing well and Paul will have the crowd behind him, but Tsitsipas is the smart play here for obvious reasons. Paul has done nothing over the last 12 months on the main tour and doesn’t have any success against top tier players that suggests he can pull this off.
Give me Tsitsipas in straight sets.