Jaume Munar vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas - 2021 Barcelona Open Second Round
Wednesday, April 21st 2021
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Stefanos Tsitsipas (2) meets Jaume Munar (WC) in the second round of the 2021 Barcelona Open on Wednesday, April 21st 2021.
Will Jaume Munar be able to cause the upset and get revenge for his tough loss to Tsitsipas at the French Open in 2020, or will Tsitsipas continue to shine here in these clay court conditions as he did last week in Monaco?
Jaume Munar was able to beat the very tough Thiago Monteiro in the first round, beating the Brazilian in straight sets 6-2/7-5. Jaume Munar has been in great form on clay recently, having made the final of the Marbella Open a couple weeks ago and showing everyone that he should not be underrated, especially when playing in front of a cheering home crowd. Jaume Munar knows he can beat Tsitsipas in this match, but he will have to ensure he is at his absolute best if he wants to keep the dream alive.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is playing his first match after having won his first ATP 1000 title just last Sunday at the Monaco Masters by beating the likes of Andrey Rublev. Stefanos Tsitsipas has achieved 50% of the goals he set for himself at the start of the year, with the other goal being to win an ATP 500 tournament. Tsitsipas will come in here ready to go as he wants to keep this momentum going and not be subject to a loss of form right after winning the biggest title of his career on the main ATP Tour.
This is going to be the 3rd meeting between both players, with their matches always having been tight, especially with a 5-setter on clay last year at the French Open which saw Tsitsipas win coming back from 2-0 sets down against Munar. Jaume Munar will still remember that match vividly and he will believe he should have won it, however, he needs to clear his mind and focus on the match in front of him, not the past. I feel bad for Munar as he had his chance to beat Tsitsipas but didn't, and I don't see him getting another chance here.