9th-seed Matteo Berrettini will have his task cut out when he starts the proceedings against former Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson at the Australian Open 2021. Anderson is not his former self anymore after recurring injuries have pegged his career back, however, taking him lightly is a grave sin for any player.
- Fixture: Kevin Anderson vs Matteo Berrettini
- Date: 9 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: 1st Round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: $ 60,239 (USD)
Kevin Anderson vs Matteo Berrettini: Preview
Anderson in recent times has been a pale shadow of what he was 3-4 years back, now ranking as low as 81. The 34-year old South African last played in a major tournament in Paris Masters in 2020, where he convincingly lost to Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinal. His preparation before the first Major of the year came to a halt after losing out to Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals of the Adelaide International.
On the other hand, Berrettini played some solid tennis in the last week concluded ATP Cup 2021, helping his nation Italy reach the final of the prestigious tournament. The 24-year defeated the likes of Gael Monfils and Roberto Bautista Agut in the tournament, while also coming short against Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev. Still Berrettini looked home in the matches he won.
Kevin Anderson vs Matteo Berrettini: Head-to-Head
Both the players are yet to play against each other on the ATP Tour, so the head-to-head record stands at 0-0.
Kevin Anderson vs Matteo Berrettini: Prediction
A cracker of a contest is on the cards, though Berrettini enters into this contest as favourite. Anderson may cause a few problems here and there, but expect the Italian to progress to the next round unscathed.
Match Prediction: Matteo Berrettini defeats Kevin Anderson in a tiring four-set encounter.