World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas locks horns with French qualifier Corentin Moutet in the round of 16 of the Paris Masters on Thursday.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) during his quarter-final round at the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, on January 26, 2022. Photo by Corinne Dubreuil/ABACAPRESS.COM

Stefanos Tsitsipas

The Greek star has bounced back strongly after being stunned by Borna Coric in the round of 16 of the recently concluded Vienna Open. After receiving a first-round bye, Tsitsipas faced British No. 2 Dan Evans in the round of 32.

The 24-year-old eased past the veteran in one hour and 20 minutes with the score of 6-3, 6-4. Evans committed numerous unforced errors during the match. Tsitsipas began both sets with statements as he broke Evans’ opening service games on both occasions. The convincing win will give Tsitsipas a lot of confidence going forward.

Corentin Moutet

The 23-year-old played the Vienna Open prior to the Paris Masters. He failed to qualify for the main draw as he lost his first qualifying match against Marton Fucsovics. However, he has made a strong turnaround in Paris.

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Corentin Moutet (Twitter)

He won a couple of qualifying matches against Ugo Humbert and Geoffrey Blancaneaux to make his way into the main draw. In the round of 64, Moutet came back from a set down to defeat Borna Coric 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Moutet produced a monumental upset in the round of 32 as he went past British No. 1 Cameron Norrie in a tight three-set affair. The match ended 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3) in favor of the French youngster.

Head-to-Head and Prediction

The head-to-head scoreline currently stands at 1-0 in favor of Tsitsipas. He defeated Moutet in their previous meeting at the 2018 Barcelona Open in straight sets.

Prediction: Stefanos Tsitsipas to win in three sets.

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