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Tsitsipas vs Fucsovics ATP Barcelona Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: 2018 runner-up, Tsitsipas takes on Fucsovics in Barcelona opener

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 23 Apr 2019
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Marton Fucsovics is live from Barcelona on Tuesday, 23 April from 5:00pm local time/ 4:00pm BST
  • First meeting between Tsitsipas and Fucsovics
Stefanos Tsitsipas (PA Sport)

Stefanos Tsitsipas returns to Barcelona this week, a year after reaching his maiden tour-level final at the venue. The young Greek takes on Hungarian, Marton Fucsovics in his 2019 opener on Tuesday.

A lot has been said and written about Tsitsipas' terrific 2018, but he didn't particularly set the tour alight in the opening quarter of that season, reaching a couple of quarter finals in Doha and Dubai in a steady but unspectacular start.

However, the acceleration began in Barcelona, where he powered to the final without dropping a set, beating some very accomplished clay-court players along the way. Tsitsipas took out Diego Schwartzman, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Dominic Thiem and Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets, but crashed into Rafael Nadal in the final, losing 6-2 6-1 to the King of Clay. The Greek went on to reach another final in Toronto (which he again lost to Nadal after beating four other top-ten players including Novak Djokovic), before eventually claiming his maiden tour title in Stockholm, and finishing the year ranked 15th in the world.

That trajectory has continued into 2019, with Tsitsipas opening with a quiet quarter final in Sydney before launching a sensational semi-final run at the Australian Open, beating Roger Federer in stunning fashion in the process. He would later claim the Marseille title, his second tour-level title, and reach the Dubai final, a run which pushed him into the world’s top ten.

Of course, it's not been all rosy for Tsitsipas this year- he had a brief lull after the Australian Open, winning one match between Sofia and Rotterdam, while his form has been dodgy since Dubai, going 3-3 between Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo. He lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in his Indian Wells opener, fell to Denis Shapovalov in the fourth round in Miami, and crashed to Daniil Medvedev in the third round in Monte Carlo.

His top-ten status comes under some pressure this week, as he is defending runner-up points in Barcelona, and he needs a good tournament to hold off the chasing park. Tsitsipas serves off his campaign on Tuesday against Fucsovics.


Fucsovics form has fluctuated between months this season- he had a really good February, bagging a runner-up finish in Sofia- his second tour-level final following his title run in Geneva last season- and making successive quarter finals in Rotterdam and Dubai. 

That run of results took him to a career-high ranking of 31st, but he hasn't quite produced the goods either side of that spell.

He was 3-3 in January, winning just one match each in Doha, Sydney and the Australian Open, while he has been 2-3 since the start of March, crashing to consecutive opening round losses at Indian Wells and Miami, before making a second round exit to Cameron Norrie in Monte Carlo. 

Fucsovics had very little problems navigating his Barcelona opener, easing past American, Denis Kudla 6-4 6-1 in an hour and 19 minutes. The world No. 36 didn't drop his serve all through the contest, saving the two break points he faced, while converting four of the nine opportunities he created. He served at only 49% (that number will have to be a lot higher on Tuesday), but defended his serve very well, especially the second serve, winning 69% of points on that delivery.

Can he back up that win with victory over Tsitsipas in their first ever meeting on Tuesday?

He has certainly got the tools- he is a powerful man, serves well, strikes a particularly big forehand, and moves well too, but Tsitsipas also ticks all of those boxes, and arguably executes a lot of those things better than Fucsovics. Both men can do with a strong run this week, but Tsitsipas, back at one of his breakthrough venues from last season, has got the edge in my opinion.

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Marton Fucsovics is live from Barcelona on Tuesday, 23 April from 5:00pm local time/ 4:00pm BST

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Tsitsipas vs Fucsovics ATP Barcelona Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: 2018 runner-up, Tsitsipas takes on Fucsovics in Barcelona opener

Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on Marton Fucsovics in Barcelona on Tuesday, as the Greek returns to the scene of last year's breakthrough run. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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