2020 Open 13 Provence – Mikael Ymer vs Stefanos Tsitsipas Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Mikael Ymer vs Stefanos Tsitsipas taking place? Palais de Sports de Marseille, Marseille, France

When is Mikael Ymer vs Stefanos Tsitsipas on and what time does it start? Wednesday 19th February, 2020 – not before 18:00 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Mikael Ymer vs Stefanos Tsitsipas? Cloudy, 14c

What channel is Mikael Ymer vs Stefanos Tsitsipas on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Mikael Ymer vs Stefanos Tsitsipas in the UK? Tennis TV subscribers may be able to stream the match

Where can I get tickets for Mikael Ymer vs Stefanos Tsitsipas? Click here to purchase tickets for the 2020 Open 13 Provence Open

Who won the last meeting between Mikael Ymer vs Stefanos Tsitsipas? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

MIKAEL YMER

  • 21-year-old Mikael Ymer overcame French veteran Richard Gasquet in the first round of the Open 13 in Marseille, taking the first set before coming back to win in three.
  • The young Swedish prospect beat fellow next gen talent Jannik Sinner in straight sets in the first round of the Montpellier Open a fortnight ago to avenge a loss at the ATP Next Gen Finals in November last year.
  • Ymer produced an incredible five-set performance in the second round of the Australian Open back in January where he narrowly lost to world number 17 Karen Khachanov.

STEFANOS TSITSIPAS

  • Reigning Marseille Open champion Stefanos Tsitsipas has had a slow start to 2020 and comes into the second round here with a negative 3-4 record for the year off the back of a shock defeat by Aljaz Bedene in Rotterdam.
  • Tsitsipas did not drop a set on his way to the title here in Marseille last year, including a semi-final win over David Goffin before beating Mikhail Kukushkin in the final.
  • The 21-year-old has been inconsistent to say the least since winning the 2019 ATP Finals and fell to a disappointing loss in the third round of the Australian Open in straight sets to Milos Raonic.

THE PREDICTION

This should be a fantastic watch between two of the most exciting young players on tour and, while Stefanos Tsitsipas has obviously enjoyed the lion’s share of success, it would be foolish to count out Mikael Ymer here. The Swede has plenty of the weapons needed to challenge for the smaller titles on tour right now and can look to Tsitsipas’ loss against Aljaz Bedene last week as inspiration. The Greek has not seemed focused enough so far in 2020 and can be caught out at times. If he were not defending his Marseille title here, Ymer could be fancied to win this, but the added incentive should see the Greek pull through even if he drops a set in the process.

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