A blockbuster encounter is on the cards as 5th-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will lock horns with 9th-seed Matteo Berrettini in a Round of 16 encounter at the Australian Open 2021. Both players have had their moments in Melbourne in the past week and it is really difficult to predict who is going to make it to the quarters.
- Fixture: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Matteo Berrettini
- Date: 15 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: 4th Round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: 245,920 $ (USD)
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Matteo Berrettini: Preview
Talking about the performance in the tournament so far, barring the second round where Tsitsipas required five sets to win the match, he has looked fluent. The 22-year old Greek broke little sweat as he swatted aside the challenge of Mikael Ymer in straight sets 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 in the third round.
On the other hand, Berrettini hasn’t lost a single set barring the second round where he won the contest in four sets. The scoreline doesn’t suggest how tough the match the 24-year old Italian played against 19th-seed Karen Khachanov as all three sets went into the tiebreak. Luckily, Berrettini won all three in a gruelling 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 win over Khachanov in the third round.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Matteo Berrettini: Head-to-Head
Including a qualifying match, the two players have faced each other twice. Tsitsipas leads the head-to-head record 2-0. Their last meeting came in the first round of the Australian Open 2019, where after dropping the first set, Tsitsipas made a comeback to oust Berrettini 6-7, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Matteo Berrettini: Prediction
Tsitsipas looks to have a better opportunity than Berrettini to make it to the last-eight stage. Having said that, expect Berrettini to at least clinch one set and add a lot more tension to the match to make it a memorable one.
Match Prediction: Stefanos Tsitsipas defeats Matteo Berrettini in an intriguing four-set match.