These two players have already faced each other twice. Stefanos Tsitsipas won both matches, the last one in Roland Garros last season. We remember this match where the Greek was down 2 sets to 0 before getting his fingers out of his butt.
Jaume Munar is playing this tournament in Barcelona for the fifth time in his career. This is the third time he has reached the 2nd round, and he has managed once to pass it (in his last participation in 2019). On the other hand, he has never made better than a 1/8 final.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, meanwhile, will play this ATP 500 for the third time in his career. He was eliminated in 1/8 finals in the last edition, and his best performance is a final in 2018 (loss to Rafael Nadal).
In this edition
Jaume Munar won in the first round against Thiago Monteiro (2-0).
For his part, Stefanos Tsitsipas took advantage of his ranking to skip the first round.
We will meet Stefanos Tsitsipas again, only 3 days after his trophy win in Monte Carlo. This is an important element to take into account as he will not have had much time to recover from his emotions, and his first match in Barcelona can be a real trap.
Indeed, Jaume Munar plays a very catchy tennis. The same that managed to surprise the Greek in the last Roland Garros. The Spanish has recovered his mobility, which allows him to defend very well while managing to release aggressive shots that manage to leave his opponents far behind their line.
I’m expecting a tough match, at least at the beginning, where Stefanos Tsitsipas will be able to make his mark. The Greek didn’t put in much effort last week in Monte Carlo, and he doesn’t seem to be satisfied. He’s a title hungry guy and I see him playing seriously this ATP 500.
Tennis-wise, Jaume Munar should be able to keep up with Stefanos Tsitsipas. But the Greek remains a very offensive opponent who should manage to stay close to his line most of the time to release his shots. This will have the effect of making the Spanish player back up and take time away from him.
It’s also worth noting that Jaume Munar can be quite shaky on his serve (he makes up for it in rallies), unlike Stefanos Tsitsipas who is a tough guy to break. As a result, I expect the Greek to be able to take his opponent’s serve before having to play a tiebreak.
Jaume Munar plays at home and could use his previous match against Stefanos Tsitsipas to upset him. However, the Greek is even stronger than last year. So there is no reason for him to miss this match if he plays at the same level as last week.
Prediction: Stefanos Tsitsipas wins