TennisSection previews the 2021 Barcelona Open as Stefanos Tsitsipas (2) meets Jaume Munar in the Second Round on Wednesday, April 21st 2021.
Will Jaume Munar have a very strong week in his home country tournament by knocking out the 2021 Monte-Carlo Champion early on? Will Stefanos Tsitsipas come out here still in great form and dominate the field as he did last week in Monaco? Both players have been playing well on clay in the last few weeks, but only one will make their way to the Third Round. Who will it be?
Jaume Munar will be very determined to get his 2021 Barcelona Open campaign under way, and he did just that in the first round, beating Thiago Monteiro in straight sets 6-3/7-5. Jaume Munar has been strong on clay this season, reaching the Final of the Andalucia Open a couple of weeks ago. Munar is a great mover around the court and he returns basically everything. However, Jaume Munar will have to ensure he is at his absolute best here in this Second Round match as he now meets Stefanos Tsitsipas who is just coming off winning the title at the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters, defeating big names like Andrey Rublev along the way.
Stefanos Tsitsipas will be looking to continue this amazing run of form, after having won the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters by beating Andrey Rublev 6-3/6-3 in the Final. Stefanos Tsitsipas has just won the second biggest title of his career and he has shown everyone that he is here to shine and not give up anything easily. However, Stefanos Tsitsipas will also want to ensure he comes out here at the 2021 Barcelona Open still motivated and ready to go as we often see people who have just won a title slump in the next tournament. Will Stefanos Tsitsipas prevent the upset by Jaume Munar?
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jaume Munar have met 2 times before, with Stefanos Tsitsipas leading the head to head 2-0. The last time they met was in the first round of Roland Garros in 2020 on clay, where their match went to 5-sets and Tsitsipas was able to come back from a 2-0 set deficit. I actually think that Jaume Munar has a chance here to push Stefanos Tsitsipas hard. Tsitsipas will still be celebrating his title win in Monaco, and he will have only travelled to the 2021 Barcelona Open on Monday or Tuesday. Jaume Munar is here and ready to go. I expect this to be still won by Stefanos Tsitsipas, but it will be in 3 sets.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Stefanos Tsitsipas in 3 sets.