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An interesting fixture is on the cards as Rinky Hijikata takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas on Wednesday. The Australian is coming off a gruelling five-setter against Yannick Hanfmann, and he’ll hope to book a place in the third round of this competition today. Can he pull off an upset against Stefanos Tsitsipas, or will it be business as usual for the Greek player?
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Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rinky Hijikata – Match Predictions
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Tsitsipas to Win in Straight Sets
Stefanos Tsitsipas has been one of the most in-form players heading into this tournament. The 24 year old has won 11 straight matches in all competitions, across singles and mixed doubles. Furthermore, Tsitsipas spent just over two hours on court in the first round, dispatching Quentin Halys in straight sets. In contrast, Rinky Hijikata spent almost four and a half hours on court, as he played five sets against Hanfmann. Considering Hijikata has more tired legs than his opponent, we believe Tsitsipas can take this in straight sets.
Over 30.5 Games
While we expect a straight sets victory here, we believe the 30.5 games line is a little low. First of all, Rinky Hijikata’s last match went above 50 games. Even Tsitsipas, who played just three sets in round one, saw over 30 games in that match. We expect Hijikata to keep this match close enough to go over this line.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rinky Hijikata Preview
As these players go toe-to-toe, let’s have a look at their recent form.
Stefanos Tsitsipas has been on fire these past few weeks; he is currently on an eight-match winning streak in singles, a run that stretches back to the previous season. Tsitsipas will look to extend that streak to nine matches today, and he’ll fancy his chances against Hijikata.
Rinky Hijikata had a slow start to his round one match against Yannick Hanfmann, as he surrendered the first two sets to his German opponent. However, Hijikata clawed his way back to win the match in five sets. Compared to Hanfmann however, Tsitsipas will be a relatively tougher opponent; it’ll be interesting to see how the Aussie will fare against Tsitsipas.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rinky Hijikata Head to Head
These players are meeting for the first time on Wednesday. This isn’t surprising considering Rinky Hijikata mostly participates in Challenger and ITF events.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rinky Hijikata Match Details
- Who do the bookmakers favour in this match? Stefanos Tsitsipas is the overwhelming favourite at 1/18 (1.06) while Rinky Hijikata is the underdog at 9/1 (10.00)
- Where is the venue for Tsitsipas vs Hijikata? This match will be played at the Rod Laver Arena
- Is it possible to watch AO 2023 on TV in the UK? Yes. All Australian Open matches will be broadcast live on Eurosport, you can also live stream this match on Discovery +.