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Tsitsipas vs Sinner ATP Rome live streaming, preview and tips - Madrid runner-up Tsitsipas faces rising teenage wildcard in Rome opener

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 16 May 2019
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Jannik Sinner is live from Rome around 1.00pm local time on Thursday (12.00pm BST)
  • It's the first career meeting between the pair
Stefanos Tsitsipas (PA Images)

Stefanos Tsitsipas looks to back up his tremendous week in Madrid when he opens his Rome Masters campaign on Thursday against Italian teenage wildcard Jannik Sinner.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas’ second-round match against Jannik Sinner was postponed from Wednesday to Thursday due to heavy rain. The winner will face Fabio Fognini or Radu Albot in the third round later on Thursday on Court Pietrangeli.

There hasn’t been too many times where Stefanos Tsitsipas finds himself as the more experienced player on the ATP World Tour, but Thursday in Rome will be one of them as he takes on 17-year-old rising star Jannik Sinner in the second round.

After a whirlwind rise to the top of men’s tennis, Tsitsipas continues to improve with each and every week as he establishes himself as a top 10 player. The Greek’s rise began around this time last year when he made the Barcelona final and reached the fourth round of Wimbledon before a series of impressive results to round out the season, including finishing runner-up at the Canada Masters, winning his first ATP title in Stockholm and capturing the Next Gen ATP Finals crown in Milan.

Tsitsipas launched 2019 with a bang as he upset Roger Federer on the way to his maiden Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open and secured his second ATP title in Marseille, while he also broke into the top 10 for the first time as he finished runner-up to Federer in Dubai. It was a relatively quiet next couple of months for Tsitsipas through Indian Wells, Miami and Monte-Carlo, but he roared back to his best form over the last fortnight, picking up his third career title in Estoril, while he produced some spellbinding tennis last week in Madrid, beating defending champion Alexander Zverev and notching up arguably the best win of his career as he conquered the King of Clay - Rafael Nadal - to reach the final, where he was beaten by World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Despite falling just short in a Masters 1000 for the second time in the last nine months, Tsitsipas has well and truly cemented himself as a genuine contender for the biggest prizes in tennis. Can he continue his great form in Rome this week? He faces a largely unknown opponent in his first match.

Jannik Sinner (PA Images)
Jannik Sinner, a 17-year-old wildcard who hails from the duo-language region of South Tyrol in northwest Italy (the same city as veteran countryman Andreas Seppi), has put together a remarkable rise himself over the last 12 months. Ranked No. 1,480 in the world at this time last year, Sinner is now No. 263 and rising fast after making his Masters 1000 main draw debut in Rome on Monday, earning his second tour-level win as he came back from a set down to beat former top 30 player Steve Johnson 1-6 6-1 7-5 in the opening round.


A former national skiing champion back in 2008 and a runner-up in 2012, Sinner decided to pursue professional tennis in 2010 after initially quitting the sport a year earlier - and it’s safe to say he’s made the right choice. Linking up with respected coach Riccardo Piatti at the age of 14, Sinner has swiftly risen through the ranks, making his first Futures final in Santa Cristina val Gardena last year, but it’s been this season where the 17-year-old has shot up the rankings, becoming the youngest Italian Challenger champion in history when he won in Bergamo in February, while he also took home two consecutive Futures titles in Trento and Santa Margherita Di Pula as he put together a 16-match winning streak. Sinner would go on to claim his first tour-level victory as he qualified for the Hungarian Open main draw in Budapest and defeated Mate Valkusz before going down in the second round to Laslo Djere, while he warmed up for Rome by finishing runner-up at the Ostrava Challenger, beating World No. 91 Jiri Vesely before losing out to Kamil Majchrzak in the final.

Obviously Sinner starts as the big outsider against Tsitsipas, but he has a few things in his favour on Thursday. Sinner has the home support, nothing to lose and is well aware of his opponent, while Tsitsipas will not have seen too much of the teenager before. With a few days rest after his efforts in Madrid, Tsitsipas should be fresh and raring to go - and I do think he’ll get the job done - but if Sinner can get the crowd involved, we could see an interesting match develop.


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Tsitsipas vs Sinner ATP Rome live streaming, preview and tips - Madrid runner-up Tsitsipas faces rising teenage wildcard in Rome opener

Stefanos Tsitsipas looks to back up his tremendous week in Madrid when he opens his Rome Masters campaign on Thursday against Italian teenage wildcard Jannik Sinner.

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