Fixture: Jannik Sinner vs Ugo Humbert
Date: 10 May 2021
Tournament: Internazionali BNL d’italia 2021
Round: First round (Round of 64)
Venue: Rome, Italy
Category: ATP Masters 1000
Surface: Red clay
Prize money: €2,082,960
Match timing: Approx. 2 pm local time, 5.30 pm IST
Live telecast: USA – Tennis Channel | UK – Amazon Prime Video
Jannik Sinner vs Ugo Humbert preview
The first round of the 2021 Italian Open will see an exciting clash between two fast-rising youngsters – Jannik Sinner and Ugo Humbert – on Monday.
Sinner has played some of his career’s best tennis in the first half of 2021. But he made an early exit at the Madrid Open last week, and will be eager to put up a better showing in Rome.
Ugo Humbert, meanwhile, has had a difficult time this season. Despite coming off of a breakthrough 2020 – where he won his first two ATP titles – the Frenchman has been unable to maintain any kind of consistency so far in 2021.
Humbert did make a couple of quarterfinals at his home tournaments in February, but has only won once in three appearances on the red dirt this season. Against an in-form Sinner on Monday, Humbert will need to come up with a significantly improved performance if he hopes to come up trumps.
Jannik Sinner vs Ugo Humbert head-to-head
Ugo Humbert leads Jannik Sinner 1-0 in the duo’s head-to-head rivalry. The two met in the round-robin stage of the 2019 Next Gen Finals, with the Frenchman winning in four sets (played in the first-to-four-games format).
Jannik Sinner vs Ugo Humbert prediction
Considering the form of the two players on clay this season, Jannik Sinner will start as the firm favorite. Besides making the semi-finals in Barcelona, Sinner has also secured wins against the likes of Andrey Rublev, Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Roberto Bautista Agut on the dirt this season.
Ugo Humbert on his part enjoys playing an aggressive brand of tennis, where he registers several quick-fire points behind his serve. But the slower conditions in Rome are likely to favor Sinner, who has a more well-rounded game.
The Italian’s confidence-boosting run in Barcelona should also allow him to play with more freedom from the get-go. If he can show the same level of intensity, the Sinner should be able to come through this match unscathed.
Prediction: Jannik Sinner to win in straight sets.