First seed Matteo Berrettini will battle it out against Bulgarian Dimitar Kuzmanov in the Round of 16 match at the ATP Antalya Open 2021. Berrettini is the highest-ranked player in this tournament and is the bookies’ favorite to win this title.
- Date: 9th January, 2021
- Tournament: ATP Antalya Open 2021
- Fixture: Matteo Berrettini vs Dimitar Kuzmanov
- Venue: Antalya, Turkey
- Category: ATP 250
- Round: Round of 16(Second round)
- Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
- Prize money: €361,800
Matteo Berrettini vs Dimitar Kuzmanov: Match Preview
World No.10 Matteo Berrettini defeated Ergi Kirkin in straight sets to progress in the competition. Berrettini won the match 6-0, 6-4. Last year, Berrettini’s best performance was his quarterfinals appearance at the Italian Open. In the Grand Slams, he qualified for the third round at the US Open and the French Open. At his last tournament the Paris Masters, Berrettini bowed out at the round of 32 stage.
Dimitar Kuzmanov made it to this stage after his round of 32 match rival Laslo Dere withdrew from the match with the score set at 1-6, 2-3. The Bulgarian has also played two qualifiers in Antalya. In the first qualifier, he defeated Mirza Basic, and in the second qualifier, he overcame Andrea Pellegrino in a tough three-setter. It is safe to say that he has some game time under his belt.
Matteo Berrettini vs Dimitar Kuzmanov: Head-to-Head
This will be the first time that Berrettini will face Kuzmanov.
Matteo Berrettini vs Dimitar Kuzmanov: Match Prediction
Italian star Matteo Berrettini is the favorite to win this contest. He is the top seed in Antalya, and has had good runs at tournaments in the past. The Italian easily dislodged Kirkin in the round of 32, and will look to do the same when he faces Kuzmanov. The Bulgarian might have a chance at this match.
He has had a substantial game time at this competition, winning every set but one. Berrettini has a powerful serve and precise forehand, which will help him in qualifying for the quarterfinals.
Match Prediction: Berrettini to win this match in straight sets.