Men’s Olympic Tennis First Round – Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Stefanos Tsitsipas Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Stefanos Tsitsipas taking place? Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Stefanos Tsitsipas will take place on Sunday 25th July, 2021 at (not before) 07:30 (UK)

Where is Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Stefanos Tsitsipas taking place? Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Stefanos Tsitsipas will take place at Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo

What surface is Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Stefanos Tsitsipas played on? Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Stefanos Tsitsipas will be played on hard courts

Where can I get tickets for Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Stefanos Tsitsipas? There are no tickets for Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Stefanos Tsitsipas as Olympic Tennis will take place without spectators.

What TV channel is Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Stefanos Tsitsipas on in the UK? Olympic coverage is shared between BBC and Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedules for Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Stefanos Tsitsipas

Where can I stream Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Stefanos Tsitsipas in the UK? If Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Stefanos Tsitsipas is televised on BBC then it can be streamed live on the BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website & app. If Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Stefanos Tsitsipas is televised on Eurosport then subscribers can stream the match live on Eurosport Player

THE PREDICTION

World number four Stefanos Tsitsipas enjoyed an incredible clay swing, winning the Monte-Carlo Masters and Lyon Open before reaching the Roland-Garros final last month. However, a loss to Novak Djokovic from two sets up appears to be the first big knock if the impressive 22-year-old’s young career as he then lost in the first round if Wimbledon and again last week in the quarter-finals in Hamburg. A full-strength Tsitsipas would not be losing to Tiafoe and Filip Krajinovic and so the door is slightly ajar here for 37-year-old Philipp Kohlschreiber. The evergreen German has a 5/5 record for the season so far but beating Aslan Karatsev in Roland-Garros was just one of a series of string performances out of the blue and he will give it everything here in his last Olympic Games.

Tsitsipas will be desperate to represent his country well and the Greek has won both previous meetings with Kohlschreiber before now, both coming in 2018 at the Dubai Open and Stockholm Open. However, there is the slightest sense of an upset here with Tsitsipas still reeling a little from his first Grand Slam final defeat and the wily German in good form. Tsitsipas should still be winning this, and in straight sets at that, but take the Greek as outright winner with Kohlschreiber well capable of forcing a decider.

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