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2021 Lyon Open Predictions & Tips - Stefanos Tsitsipas Tipped to Win in Lyon

17 May 2021
John Eastwood 17 May 2021
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  • The Lyon Open sees Dominic Thiem & Stefanos Tsitsipas the top 2 seeds
  • Diego Schwartzman and David Goffin are next best
  • Tsitsipas has a comfortable route to the final
  • I am backing the Greek to beat Aslan Karatsev in the final
  • The 2021 Lyon Open is being played from 15 to 22 May in France
Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas is backed to win the Lyon Open (Getty Images)

2021 Lyon Open Winner


Stefanos Tsitsipas is the in-form player and has a comfortable route to the final. I am backing the World No.5 to win the tournament.

The 2021 Lyon Open is the 4th edition of the tournament which is being played from 15 to 22 May. It is one of the lead up clay court events on the road to the French Open.

The Lyon Open main draw gets started on Monday with Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Diego Schwartzman and David Goffin the top four seeds.

Seeds


Player
Country
Seed
Rank
Dominic Thiem Austria 1 4
Stefanos Tsitsipas Greece 2 5
Diego Schwartzman Argentina 2 10
David Goffin Belgium 3 13
Gaël Monfils France 4 15
Jannik Sinner Italy 5 18
Félix Auger-Aliassime Canada 6 21
Karen Khachanov Russia 7 24

Dominic Thiem


Nationality: Austria
Age: 27 (3 September 1993)
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 4
Career High: 3 (March 2020)
Career Singles Titles: 17
2021 Singles Titles: 0
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 (2020 US Open)
Lyon Open Best Result: Winner (2018)

Dominic Thiem hasn’t won a tournament since the 2020 US Open. He is 5-5 in his last 10 matches.

The World No. 4 began the clay court season at the Madrid Masters. He beat Alex De Minaur and John Isner but was no match for Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals, going down 6-3 6-4.

The Austrian battled hard in his first match in Rome, overcoming Marton Fucsovics 3-6 7-6 6-0. He lost to Lorenzo Sonego in the second round, eliminated 6-4 6-7 7-6 in in 3 hours 24 minutes.

Stefanos Tsitsipas


Nationality: Greece
Age: 22 (12 December 1998)
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 6
Career High: 5 (August 2019)
Career Singles Titles: 6
2021 Singles Titles: 1
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
Lyon Open Best Result: First Appearance

Stefanos Tsitsipas has played plenty of tennis in 2021. He reached the Australian Open semi-finals, Rotterdam semi-finals and Marseille quarter-finals. He reached the final in Acapulco, going down 6-4 7-6 to Alexander Zverev.

The 22-year-old reached another quarter-final at the Miami Masters.

Tsitsipas started the cay court season in the best possible fashion. He failed to lose a set at the Monte Carlo Masters, beating Andrey Rublev 6-3 6-3 in the final.

The Greek went to Barcelona and reached another final without losing a set. He came up against Rafael Nadal in the showpiece, losing 6-4 6-7 7-5 in an epic match.

Stefanos Tsitsipas fell to Casper Ruud in the Madrid Masters second round but bounced back in Rome. 

He showed some top form in Italy, beating Marin Cilic and Matteo Berrettini in straight sets before a 4-6 7-5 7-5 loss to Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.

Diego Schwartzman


Nationality: Argentina
Age: 28 (16 August 1992)
Height: 5'7" (170cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 10
Career High: 8 (October 2020)
Career Singles Titles: 4
2021 Singles Titles: 1
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
Lyon Open Best Result: First Appearance

Diego Schwartzman won in Buenos Aires in March. He has struggled in Europe, going 2-4 in six matches.

The Argentine lost in the first rounds in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome. 

He beat Francis Tiafoe and Corentin Moutet in Barcelona before a quarter-final exit to Pablo Carreno Busta.

Schwartzman has lost his last eight matches against top 20 players.

David Goffin


Nationality: Belgium
Age: 30 (7 December 1990)
Height: 5'11" (180cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 15
Career High: 7 (November 2017)
Career Singles Titles: 5
2021 Singles Titles: 1
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
Lyon Open Best Result: First Appearance

David Goffin won in Montpellier in March, beating Roberto Bautista Agut in the final. He went 1-4 in his last five matches on hard courts.

His clay court swing got underway in Monte Carlo, beating Alexander Zverev 6-4 7-6 on his way to the quarter-finals where he lost to Daniel Evans.

Goffin retired against Cameron Norrie in the second round in Barcelona. 

He went to Rome where he recorded a tame 6-2 6-1 second round exit to World No.64 Federico Delbonis. He won just 59% of his 1st serves and 33% of his 2nd serves.

Little Chance


Karen Khachanov has lost his four matches heading into Lyon. Gael Monfils has lost his last eight matches and has played just three matches in 2021.

Outsiders


Jannik Sinner reached the Miami Masters final and Barcelona semi-finals, losing 6-3 6-3 to Stefanos Tsitsipas. He takes on Aslan Karatsev in the first round, who won in Dubai and reached the final in Belgrade, knocking out Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

The winner of that clash could take on Dominic Thiem in the quarters, with the winner of that a good chance of reaching the final.

Felix Auger-Aliassime is 4-4 on clay this season, having beaten Denis Shapovalov and Diego Schwartzman in that run.

Route to the Final


In the top half of the draw, Dominic Thiem could face a tricky quarter-final against Jannik Sinner or Aslan Karatsev. The winner of that quarter should be in a strong position to reach the final.

The lower half of the draw sees Stefanos Tsitsipas stand out with a comfortable road to the semi-finals. He is a logical choice to reach the final.
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Verdict

Stefanos Tsitsipas is the player in form heading to Lyon, winning in Monte Carlo and reaching the final in Barcelona. He has a comfortable route to the final.

An upset could be in store in the top half of the draw. Jannik Sinner and Aslan Karatsev is a high profile first round clash and the winner could gain momentum and reach the final.

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