TennisSection previews the 2021 Barcelona Open as Stefanos Tsitsipas (2) meets Felix Auger-Aliassime (10) in the Quarter-finals on Friday, April 23nd 2021.
Will Felix Auger-Aliassime have yet another very successful day at the office as he looks to beat a player who he has succeeded against in the past in Stefanos Tsitsipas? Will Stefanos Tsitsipas make it very far into another clay court tournament by making his way to the Semi-finals here at the 2021 Barcelona Open? Both players have been in great form all week, and they will bring their best to the court on Friday, but only one will win. Who will it be?
Felix Auger-Aliassime cruised through his Third Round match against Denis Shapovalov, beating his friend and fellow Canadian in straight sets 6-2/6-3. As predicted yesterday, Felix Auger-Aliassime was able to show more composure in the tight moments and had much more consistent play throughout the entire match. Felix is definitely going to be confident with that big win under his belt, and I believe he will come out here ready to fight for every single point as he looks to make the Semi-Finals of the 2021 Barcelona Open. However, he will need to ensure he is able to hang in the long rallies rather than going for winners most of the time against a tough opponent in Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Stefanos Tsitsipas came through two very tight sets against Alex de Minaur in the Third Round, winning the first set 7-5 and coming back from a break down in the second set to win it 6-3. Stefanos Tsitsipas had his ups and downs in the match, but he was able to limit the damage on the scoreline when he was not playing his best. This cannot be said for Alex de Minaur. Stefanos Tsitsipas will know that although he has had success over the last week and a half on clay, winning the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters, he will have to ensure he is at his best now that he meets a tough opponent in Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Quarter-finals.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Felix Auger-Aliassime have met 5 times before, with Stefanos Tsitsipas leading the head to head 3-2. This rivalry is so lose and it is great to see these two stepping on the court against each other. Their last match was just over a month ago in the Quarter-finals of the 2021 Acapulco Open, where Stefanos Tsitsipas won in 3 sets 7-5/4-6/6-3. This is definitely going to be another tight encounter, and to be honest, I expect the upset to happen. Although Stefanos Tsitsipas has been in great form here at the 2021 Barcelona Open, I believe that Felix Auger-Aliassime is more motivated to give it his all here. He has beaten Stefanos before, and he can do it again with his flamboyant and powerful playing style.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Felix Auger-Aliassime to Win.