Jannik Sinner vs Christopher O'Connell
July 29, 2021 8:00 pm EDT
Second seeded Italian Jannik Sinner will face Qualifier Christopher O’Connell in the Round of 16 of the Atlanta Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Thursday July 29th, 2021.
Jannik Sinner makes his return to the Tour after a poor grass court season and he will be hoping to bounce back here in a big way. Anything less than a title will be deemed a disappointment for the young Italian as the draw is certainly set up in his favor and he will be eager and rearing to go here. In his path in the Round of 16 is Aussie Qualifier Christopher O’Connell who is ranked far below the Italian star. Can he cause the upset and advance to his first ATP Quarter-Final?
Jannik Sinner is the second seed here in Atlanta and is the 23rd ranked player in the world. He has established himself as one of the best, if not the best young player in world tennis and has already won two titles in his short career. After a very strong start to the year where he won a title and reached his first Masters-1000 Final in Miami he has been relatively disappointing since, and he will be hoping to get his season back on the correct path here at the 2021 Atlanta Open. He has a huge all-around game and enters this match against Christopher O’Connell due to his far superior ranking and the immense firepower that he has at his disposal, and should be able to dominate this match from the baseline.
Christopher O’Connell is a Qualifier here at the Atlanta Open, and is ranked 137 in the ATP world rankings. He was impressive in the Qualifying Rounds and then backed that up with a tough three set win over Denis Kudla, a win that would have inspired a lot of confidence in the Aussie. He has been having a mixed season with some strong Challenger Tour results, and he will be seeking a few more decent results in tournaments like this so that he can break into the top 100. He enters this match against Jannik Sinner as the underdog but will have some hope as his opponent has not played in a few weeks and may be rusty.
The two players have never met before on the ATP Tour. I am expecting a quick match here, as Jannik Sinner is the far superior player and should make that clear during this match. While he has not played in a while, it is very unlikely that Christopher O’Connell will able to withstand the barrage of attacking groundstrokes that will come his way, and he is not equipped to handle that sort of firepower. Sinner may be erratic initially as he works off the expected rust, but he is too talented to not shake it off quickly. Jannik Sinner will win this match in straight sets, advancing to the Quarter-Finals here at the Atlanta Open.