Egor Gerasimov vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas - 2021 Rotterdam Open First Round
Monday, March 1 2021
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Stefanos Tsitsipas (2) meets Egor Gerasimov (SE) in the first round of the 2021 Rotterdam Open on Monday, March 1st 2021.
Will Stefanos Tsitsipas be able to continue his amazing run of form which saw him reach the semi finals of the 2021 Australian Open, or will we see a shocking upset here in the first round at the hands of Egor Gerasimov?
Egor Gerasimov has been playing some superb tennis as of recent, reaching the semi finals of the 2021 Montpellier Open just last week, losing to David Goffin in 3 tight sets on Saturday (4-6/6-2/4-6). On his way to that semi final, Gerasimov beat some strong players along the way, such as Andy Murray, Aljaz Bedene, and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Gerasimov loves playing in indoor hard court conditions, and he can definitely cause some upsets against some big name players, but will he be able to do this again here in Rotterdam against the world no.6?
Stefanos Tsitsipas will be looking to gain the form which saw him reach the semi finals of the 2021 Australian Open a few weeks ago back as he begins his Rotterdam Open campaign. Tsitsipas is in his element in these conditions and he should definitely be considered the favourite, if not the second favourite, whenever he goes into these indoor tournaments. Tsitsipas' serve, forehand, and one-handed backhand all flow through the court at a higher speed on these courts and he can hurt his opponents with every aspect of his game.
This is going to be the third meeting between both players, with the head to head tied at 1-1. The victory by Egor Gerasimov was 5 years ago in a Challenger Tour tournament in Indoor Carpet conditions which he won in 3 sets, however, the last time they met was in the second round of the 2019 Dubai Open where Tsitsipas destroyed Gerasimov in straight sets. Gerasimov has been playing some great tennis over the last week, but his level is still not high enough to compete with the best of the best in the world of tennis. I expect Tsitsipas to make easy work of this.