Kevin Anderson vs Stefanos Tsitsipas Tennis Prediction
Kevin Anderson will be playing his first match on clay since retiring against Marin Cilic in the French Open 2017, and that coupled with Tsitsipas’ impressive form on clay makes the teenager the slight favorite. Nevertheless, this first-ever meeting between the world #8 and #44 could go either way.
Stefanos Tsitsipas News
Stefanos Tsitsipas continued his terrific run on clay with yet another impressive win against Pablo Andujar in the first round of Estoril. This win took his 2018 tally to 20 wins and 13 losses.
Last week in Barcelona, the Greek teenager posted his career-best result on tour by finishing as the runner-up to Rafael Nadal. Before 2018, he could not win a main draw match in a tour-level event on this surface.
Stefanos Tsitsipas has won nine matches since the start of clay swing with all of those nine wins coming in straight sets. Most of those wins came against solid clay court players such as Pablo Carreno Busta, Dominic Thiem, Diego Schwartzman, Albert Ramos Vinolas and Pablo Andujar.
One more win on Thursday will give Tsitsipas his fourth quarterfinal of the season on tour (Doha, Dubai, and Barcelona) and fifth including Challengers (Quimper Challenger). Prior to this season, he had made just one quarterfinal appearance at this level, at Antwerp in 2017.
Kevin Anderson News
Top seed Kevin Anderson received a first-round bye and will play his first match since losing to Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarterfinal of the Miami Open last month.
The big-serving South African has appeared here twice in the past and reaching the semifinal once in 2017 is his best result at ATP Estoril.
Apart from losing his first round match to Kyle Edmund in the Australian Open, Kevin Anderson has won at least three matches in all other (5) tournaments that he entered so far in 2018.
Impressive results in the recent months such as winning the title at New York and finishing as the runner-up at Pune and Acapulco has pushed Kevin Anderson to his career-high ranking of #8.
Tennis Prediction: Stefanos Tsitsipas