Can anyone stop red-hot Stefanos Tsitsipas? Is blossoming Russian Andrey Rublev a future slam winner in the making? Can Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime get back in the mix as one of the top young stars in the game today? With the 2021 Barcelona Open steamrolling into the Round of 32, it’s time to find out which ATP stars are in action on Wednesday and which ones are offering the best Tennis betting value in their respective matches.
Tennis Betting Preview for the ATP Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Federico Gaio Vs No. 3 Andrey Rublev
World No. 138 Federico Gaio got past veteran Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-3 as a ‘lucky loser’ on Monday after losing his qualifying round match against Ilya Ivashka on Sunday. The 29-year-old Italian is just 2-12 in his career at the ATP Tour level. World No. 7 Andrey Rublev came into this event with a stellar 24-5 mark on the year with one title. The blossoming 23-year-old Russian beat the incomparable Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of Monte Carlo Masters just over a week ago before falling to Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 3-6 in the finals.
While these two players have never met, there’s a reason why Rublev is the huge favorite here. Rublev is the bigger, stronger, faster and more consistent of the two players with far bigger and more dangerous weapons off of both wings. If this match doesn’t end in an easy straight sets victory for the blossoming Rublev, I’ll be completely shocked.
Pick: Andrey Rublev in Straight Sets
Felix Auger-Aliassime Vs Lorenzo Musetti
World No. 20 Felix Auger-Aliassime was 10-6 on the year coming into this event while world No. 87 Lorenzo Musetti was 7-4 coming into this tournament. The young Italian got past veteran Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-3 in his opener on Tuesday.
“Me and my coach are really proud of what I did, translating practice to the tournament. That’s what we are working for and I am really enjoying it and I’m really happy with this win,” the 19-year-old Musetti said. “Looking forward to playing Felix.”
While these two players have never met before, I’m going with the aptly-named FA2 to get the win as he builds on his newly former relationship with coach Toni Nadal. Auger-Aliassime is the bigger player with more versatility and experience in his career. Musetti is talented, no doubt, but Felix Auger-Aliassime is looking to take his game to the next level after getting surpassed the last couple of years b the likes of other young starts like Jannik Sinner and Andrey Rublev just to name two. FA 2 gets in done in a three-set thriller.
Pick: Felix Auger-Aliassime in 3 Sets
Jaume Munar Vs No. 2 Stefanos Tsitsipas
23-year-old Jaume Munar is ranked 86th in the world while 22-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas in ranked a stellar fifth in the ATP Tour world rankings. This meeting will be the third career head-to-head pairing between these two. Tsitsipas currently leads the head-to-head 2-0 over Jaume Munar and the Greek star is fresh off his first Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo last week.
Tsitsipas has reached the semifinals at the Australian Open, the semis in Rotterdam, the final in Acapulco, and the quarters in Miami. The 6’4″ star has beaten household name stars, Rafael Nadal, Andrey Rublev, Roberto Bautista Agut and Kei Nishikori this year. Tsitsipas came from two sets down to beat Munar in the first round at Roland Garros last year, winning the match 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 on his way to the semifinals. Tsitsipas also defeated the Spaniard in four sets at the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals. Tsitsipas is riding high right now and won’t be stopped in this affair, although I’m expecting this one to go three sets.
Pick: Stefanos Tsitsipas in 3 Sets