TennisSection previews the 2021 Stockholm Open as Filip Krajinovic takes on Denis Istomin in the Round of 32 on Monday, November 8th, 2021.
Will Filip Krajinovic get the win? Will Denis Istomin pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have a player who can beat anyone when he’s playing well taking on an ATP Tour veteran. Who will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Stockholm Open?
Filip Krajinovic has been playing some decent tennis this year, occasionally making some deep runs in tournaments and taking out some top players along the way. He got one win over current world number 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas on the clay, showing that his level can get very high. He doesn’t have too tough of a match ahead of him, taking on Denis Istomin, a tour veteran who hasn’t been playing much tennis lately, or winning much when he did play. He just has to keep the level he’s been playing at and he shouldn’t have too much trouble as he aims to move on to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Stockholm Open.
Denis Istomin hasn’t been playing much tennis lately, being in the twilight of his career, he has a really tough one ahead of him in Filip Krajinovic. In order to take him out, he will have to hope that Krajinovic does not play at this best level, which is definitely possible, considering Krajinovic has had some inconsistent spurts this year. Still, that possibility seems unlikely, Krajinovic will probably just out-consist him in every way, on serve, on return, and especially in rallies, I expect him to sweep the match under the rug quickly as the two clash for a place in the last 16 at the 2021 Stockholm Open.
Filip Krajinovic and Denis Istomin have met once before, with Filip Krajinovic leading the head to head 1-0. Their one meeting came at a less known tournament in Uzbekistan, with Krajinovic easily winning in straights. This was in 2019, and I expect a similar result this time around, Istomin is a big guy, so he will have to try and capitalize on that and focus on serving at a high percentage, seeing if he can get into Krajinovic’s head. It seems unlikely though as Krajinovic aims to kick off his campaign with a good win to progress to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Stockholm Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Filip Krajinovic to win in 2 sets.
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