Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert - 2021 Marseille Open Quarter-Final
Friday March 12th, 2021 / 12:30pm EST
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Second seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece faces unseeded Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Marseille Open ATP event. the match is scheduled to be played on Friday March 13th, 2021 at 12:30pm EST.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert has been outstanding so far in Marseille. Does he have what it takes to defeat one of the top players in the world in Stefanos Tsitsipas? Only man can advance to the Semi-Finals, will the second seed cruise through or can the local hero cause the stunning upset?
Stefanos Tsitsipas is currently ranked #5 in the world rankings and is having somewhat of a breakout year on the ATP Tour. While he has not yet won a title, he has been playing outstanding tennis, highlighted by a Semi-Final run at the Australian Open. He shocked the tennis world by defeating Rafael Nadal there, and has seemed like he is finally ready to fulfill all of the promise that he has showed so far in his career. He was solid in his Round of 16 win over Lucas Pouille, dominating the Frenchman with his serve and big groundstrokes. He is very confident, and when he is in this kind of form he is extremely hard to beat. Tsitsipas enters this match as the overwhelming favorite and it will take a huge effort to stop him here.
After a poor few seasons, Pierre-Hugues Herbert is seemingly back to his best. After reaching three ATP Titles a few years ago, he suffered a shocking loss of form and now finds himself ranked #93 in the world. He was outstanding in his straight set wins over Kei Nishikori and Cameron Norrie, and will be delighted to be back in an ATP Quarter-Final after two years. He serves very well and has been attacking the net a lot here in Marseille. That may be a useful tactic against Tsitsipas, who loves to control the pace and flow of his matches. While he enters this match as a huge underdog, Herbert is playing freely with nothing to lose, and is not to be underestimated.
This match will only have one outcome, a straight sets win for Stefanos Tsitsipas. He is playing amazing tennis, and will not be stopped by the Frenchman here. Tsitsipas has seemingly turned a corner in his career and has firmly established himself as a global tennis superstar. Stefanos Tsitsipas to win in straight sets.