These two men have already played three times, in 2018. Stefanos Tsitsipas leads in this head-to-head with 2 victories.
Note that he has always had at least one tiebreak in their previous confrontations.
This is the 10th time Kevin Anderson has played in this tournament in Cincinnati. He didn’t participate last season and his best performance is a 1/8 final in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, for his part, will play in this competition for the third year in a row. He has never won a match in the final draw (defeat to Goffin in 2018 and Struff in 2019). Damn it.
In this edition
Unlike his opponent of the day, Kevin Anderson had to go through the first round where he faced Kyle Edmund. The South African had to fight for 3 hours of play to subdue the British. The latter left with his tail between his legs, even though he had room to do something. It’s a shame.
In his first match of the tournament, Kevin Anderson was pretty amazing. He put up a good fight and didn’t hesitate to repeat the runs to get some complicated balls (the veteran may still have some good days ahead of him).
On paper, we have two top players who are capable of putting on a great show for us.
Kevin Anderson proved against Edmund that it wasn’t as easy to break him (20 aces, 81% points on his firsts and 70% break balls saved). Added to this is the aggressiveness in the rallies that pushes his opponents into their entrenchments. To sum up, it’s heavy stuff and his finals at Wimbledon 2018 and the US Open 2017 speak for themselves.
However, I’m afraid that this match against Stefanos Tsitsipas will come too early in his revival. Indeed, the South African will not have had a day to recover from his three hours of match. Not to mention that he had a problem in his left calf which required physio intervention on several occasions.
It’s hard not to see Stefanos Tsitsipas getting the upper hand in this match. The Greek is an elite player who is very demanding. He has this ability to play an intense game, and that could bother a Kevin Anderson cooked like a little chicken.
During this forced break, the current world 6th had the opportunity to participate in the UTS where he played 11 matches and won 9 of them. We could notice that he had not lost any of his talent and that he was always sharp. Therefore, I think he will be ready for his entry in this Masters 1000.
Prediction: Stefanos Tsitsipas wins