Rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Hugo Dellien in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday.
Aged just 20, Tsitsipas finds himself as the No.6 seed in the tournament. His highest ATP ranking is sixth, which made him the highest ranked Greek player in tennis history. He rose to popularity this year during his run at the Australian Open in January. Tsitsipas upset Roger Federer in the fourth round in a match in which he saved all the twelve break points he faced. He eventually lost to Rafael Nadal in the semi-final, but that tournament made the world take notice of him.Embed from Getty Images
Since then, he has continued his excellent form. He won the Estoril Open this month, where he defeated Pablo Cuevas in the final. In the Madrid Open, Tsitsipas went all the way to the final where he lost to Novak Djokovic in the final. He defeated Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev in that run to the final. After Madrid, he reached the semi-finals of the Italian Open where Nadal beat him in the semi-final.
In the first round in Paris, Tsitsipas faced German Maximilian Marterer. The game finished in straight sets, with a 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (4) scoreline. His serving was superb in the game, and Tsitsipas won 91% of his first serve points. That number was 67% on his second serve. He won 82% of his total service points and converted four break points to cruise to a comfortable victory. The match was over in less than 2 hours, and Tsitsipas continued his excellent form on clay this year. He has won 12 out of the last 14 games on the surface.
Tsitsipas will come up against Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien in the second round. Dellien faced Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the first round. He won with ease, dismantling the Indian with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 scoreline. The game was over in just 23 games. Dellien won 80% of his points on the first serve, and 54% of the second serve points. The match finished in less than 90 minutes, as Dellien dominated utterly.Embed from Getty Images
The Bolivian will be looking to make the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. He is on a good run and has won five of his last seven games on clay. He played Alexander Zverev previous week and gave him a tough match. Dellien’s biggest weapon is his serve, and that was clearly against Gunneswaran. These two players have not met before in their careers.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Hugo Dellien Prediction
Tsitsipas will be the favorite as he hopes to capture his first Grand Slam title. He went out in the second round at Roland-Garros last year and bettering that is the priority. Dellien is not a pushover, and he should give a good match. But Tsitsipas should have enough to get the win, and in straight sets at that.