Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Altug Celikbilek – Prediction – ATP Antalya (Turkey) 9.1.2020

H2H: Basilashvili v Celikbilek – comparison.

This is an excellent opportunity for Nikoloz Basilashvili to register yet another win on the main tour and improve his confidence levels in the early stages of the season. That said, the Georgian’s recent struggles should give Altug Celikbilek a lot of encouragement heading into this clash.

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Nikoloz Basilashvili got the monkey off his back by securing a hard-fought three-set win over Andrea Arnaboldi in the first round of ATP Antalya earlier this week. The Italian won the first set and twice led the second set by a break, but the Georgian still managed to find a way to come back and seal the win, 4-6 7-5 6-1. This win ended the two-time former ATP Hamburg champion Nikoloz Basilashvili’s terrible 11-match losing streak and earned him the first win on tour since defeating Vladimir Ivanov in the Davis Cup tie in March 2020. Former world #16 Nikoloz Basilashvili had been dealing with some personal problems over the last ten months or so, and it certainly impacted his performance on the court as he played 20 matches in 2020 and could win only four of them.

Altug Celikbilek also needed a comeback effort in the first round as he trailed 2-5 in the first set against Kacper Zuk and later saved four set points before completing the win in straight sets, 7-6 7-5. World #309 Altug Celikbilek’s only previous main draw win at this level also came in Antalya (grass-court event) in 2019 when he entered the main draw with a wildcard and upset Ernests Gulbis in the first round before losing to Damir Dzumhur in three sets in the second round.

Match Info.

Competition: ATP – SINGLES: Antalya (Turkey), grass
Start: 9.1.2020, 8:30 UTC.

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