Daniel Evans vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas - 2020 Hamburg Open First Round
Tuesday, September 22 2020
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Stefanos Tsitsipas looks to bounce back after an embarrassing performance at the Rome Masters 1000 last week as he meets Daniel Evans in what is going to either be a make or break performance for the Greek star.
Daniel Evans has not had much luck on clay and neither last week at the Rome Open when he lost an extremely tight match against Hubert Hurkacz. Evans has a solid game, but he just does not seem to be able to feel the bounce of the ball properly and the length of his shots when he plays on clay. Evans has a lot of experience and being the British No.1, he should be able to get some momentum going on clay, but that's just not the case. Evans will have to drastically improve his clay-court game if he is to get anywhere here in Hamburg, but more importantly get anywhere next week in Paris.
Stefanos Tsitsipas put on an embarrassing performance against Jannik Sinner in his first match in Rome this year, losing the match in 3 sets. Tsitsipas just looked out of it, both mentally and physically and could not hit a winner if you paid him. Tsitsipas has been on the training court for the last week in hopes to be much better in his first round match here in Rome, and he will definitely need the practice to improve on that performance. Tsitsipas could have it all, and he could have gone far in many tournaments in my opinion if he just focused and gave it his all like others do. Tsitsipas needs to change his ways if he is go be a champion in bigger tournaments other than ATP250s.
This is going to be the second meeting between both players, with Stefanos Tsitsipas leading the head to head 1-0. These to players met earlier this year in Dubai where Tsitsipas won easily in straight sets. If Tsitsipas came up against a tougher opponent here and someone who is comfortable on clay, I would perhaps think he would lose. However, Evans is not comfortable on clay and does not give me the confidence that he can upset Tsitsipas. Tsitsipas will win this match, but not because of his strong performance.