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The Shanghai Masters presents an intriguing clash as Stefanos Tsitsipas aims to reverse his recent form against the rising Australian star, Rinky Hijikata. He has lost three of his last four matches and needs to get back to winning ways as the 2023 campaign comes to a conclusion.
Our favourite Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rinky Hijikata – match predictions
- 1 Our favourite Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rinky Hijikata – match predictions
- 2 Tsitsipas vs Hijikata: Greek ace seeks Shanghai redemption against Hijikata
- 3 Key match details
The Shanghai Masters presents an intriguing clash as Stefanos aims to reverse his recent form against the rising Australian star. He was knocked out in the first round in the China Open by Nicolas Jarry while Hijikata defeated Laslo Djere in straight sets.
2-1 to Stefanos Tsitsipas @ 31/10 (4.10)
Hijikata has been on a good run of form, claiming three wins in Shanghai since beginning in the qualifiers. He had earlier reached the final of Cary 2 Challenger. He will complicate matters for Tsitsipas, who has lost three of his last four matches since his US Open exit in the second round. The Greek ace’s poor form can complicate matters for him and we see the match going to a deciding set. Despite this, he should have enough in the tank to get past Hijikata, triumphing 2-1 in the process.
Over 21.5 Games @ 4/5 (1.80)
Tsitsipas’s 2-0 defeat to Jarry saw 20 games being played. Prior to that, Alex Molcan defeated him in 32 games. Hijikata’s win over Djere did not come with ease and the 2-0 win saw 25 games played as the first set tiebreaker. Given the form of both players and the statistics from their recent outings, we expect the trend to continue with over 21.5 games being played.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rinky Hijikata odds
Hijikata has impressed in the opening rounds but is up against the odds in this encounter with Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek ace has an 82% chance of winning despite his poor form. The Australian can cause an upset but the chances of it stand at 24.4%.
The odds in this article were correct at the time of writing, and the odds are subject to change. We recommend checking with your bookmaker before placing a bet.
Tsitsipas vs Hijikata: Greek ace seeks Shanghai redemption against Hijikata
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far this season for the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
Stefanos Tsitsipas preview
Stefanos Tsitsipas has experienced a decline in performance and confidence this year, facing notable upsets and a challenging loss at the US Open. His recent struggles coincide with the rise of Carlos Alcaraz, and Tsitsipas aims to recapture his earlier form and fighting spirit. Despite this, Tsitsipas holds a promising record of 4-2 in opening-round matches at the Masters level in 2023 and will want to continue in the same stead in Shanghai.
Rinky Hijikata preview
Rinky Hijikata enters the Shanghai Masters with momentum, securing three consecutive straight-set victories. This was the case in the qualifying rounds and in the first round, overcoming his Cary 2 final heartache and Zhuhai Championships first-round exit. Achieving one more win in Shanghai would mark his best-ever performance at the Masters level, realizing his potential. Hijikata will be seeking to challenge Tsitsipas, who defeated him earlier this year.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rinky Hijikata head to head
Tsitsipas leads the head-to-head record 1-0, with a previous victory over Hijikata in the 2023 Australian Open. The Greek ace claimed a straight-set victory in the second round, providing an interesting reference point for their upcoming clash.
Key match details
- When will this match start? This match starts at 05:30 GMT on 7th October.
- Where is the match being played? Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena will host the Shanghai Masters 2023.
- Who is the reigning Shanghai Masters champion? Daniil Medvedev is the reigning Shanghai Masters champion and is seeded second this time around.
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