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Tsitsipas vs Gerasimov ATP Dubai Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Tsitsipas plays qualifier Gerasimov in Dubai second round

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 26 Feb 2019
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Egor Gerasimov is live from Dubai on Wednesday, 27 February from 5:00pm local time/ 1:00pm GMT
  • Gerasimov beat Tsitsipas in their only career meeting at a Challenger tournament in 2016
Stefanos Tsitsipas. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

Rising star, Stefanos Tsitsipas attempts to reach the quarter finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for the second straight year when he takes on Belarusian qualifier, Egor Gerasimov on Wednesday. 

Tsitsipas is seeking his sixth straight win, having won four matches in his title run in Marseille last week, and opened his Dubai account with a battling 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory over Australia's Matthew Ebden on Tuesday- just two days after beating Mikhail Kukushkin in the Marseille final!

“After winning in Marseille] I had to take the flight next day knowing that I'm going to have to play the day after", Tsitsias said. "[I spent] six hours on the plane. I arrived here at 2am in the morning, then had to play the same day. I don't know if [my level was] because of that, but I was expecting a little bit better today."

There wasn't much sign of jetlag or tiredness in the opening set as the Greek played a near-flawless set of tennis, winning 17 of 17 points on first serve, 3 of 4 on second serves, and offering up zero break points as he cruised through the opener in 33 minutes, having broken in the fifth game. However, his level dropped significantly in the second set, with his first serve percentage falling sharply to 33%, and Ebden took full advantage, breaking in the sixth game en route levelling the match.

Both men exchanged breaks early in the third, but it was Tsitsipas who made the decisive move down the stretch, winning four of the last five games to pick up a hard-fought win.

Despite his title-run in Marseille, his most eye-catching performance of the year remains that sensational semi-final run at the Australian Open, where he famously took out Roger Federer in the fourth round. By his own admission, Tsitsipas lost some 'spark' after that emotional run in Melbourne, winning just one match across Sofia and Rotterdam, but he has definitely been back in the groove in the last couple of weeks, and will be keen to make another deep run in Dubai this week.

His two titles- Stockholm last year and Marseille last week- have both been at ATP 250 level- can he make the step up this week and win his maiden ATP 500 crown? He came close last season, reaching finals at the ATP 500 meet in Barcelona and the Masters 1000 tournament in Toronto, but he lost both finals to Rafael Nadal. Nadal is not present in Dubai, but it's still a very tough field, with a potential quarter final against Kei Nishikori on the horizon, and seven-time champion, Roger Federer lurking in the bottom half.

He mustn't lose sight of his immediate task though, as he takes on qualifier, Gerasimov in the second round on Wednesday. 


Egor Gerasimov. (Photo by SERGEI GAPON/AFP/Getty Images)
Gerasimov booked his second round ticket with a 7-6 7-6 victory over Dutchman, Robin Haase- registering his first ATP World Tour main draw win of the season in the process. 

The 26-year-old had failed to get through qualifying rounds in Pune, the Australian Open and Sofia, but he has now qualified for two tournaments in a row- first in Marseille last week, where he lost to Fernando Verdasco in the first round, and now in Dubai, where he has beaten Haase to pick up a very rare main draw win. It's a marked improvement from his previous results, as he had failed to win any main draw match all year, even down at the Challenger level in Rennes and Quimper.

Gerasimov has spent most of his career battling away on the Challenger Tour, but his cause was certainly not helped by an injury that kept him out of action for seven months between September 2017 and March 2018. He made his first real impact on the main tour in the second half of last season, reaching quarter finals in Los Cabos (lost to Juan Martin del Potro) and Moscow (lost to Adrian Mannarino). He had not won a tour-level match prior to Los Cabos.

The Belarusian had dropped outside the top 300 in July 2018 mainly due to his time on the sidelines, but he got back into the top 200 by end of the year, finishing at 157th in the world. He has hovered around that 160 mark since the start of 2019, peaking at 155, his current ranking. His career high ranking is 121st, attained in July 2017, just before his injury.

Gerasimov goes after his third career quarter final, and his biggest, on Wednesday, when he takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas. He actually defeated the Greek in their only previous meeting at the Andria Challenger back in 2016, but Tsitsipas is obviously a much better player now. A lot will depend on how the Marseille champion is feeling physically, as he will be playing his fifth match in six days, with a fairly long flight across continents in between. Hence, this may not be as straightforward as it would seem, but I'd still fancy Tsitsipas to come through.

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Egor Gerasimov is live from Dubai on Wednesday, 27 February from 5:00pm local time/ 1:00pm GMT

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Tsitsipas vs Gerasimov ATP Dubai Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Tsitsipas plays qualifier Gerasimov in Dubai second round

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