In a battle of big forehands, Matteo Berrettini will be up against Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz in the third round of the 2022 Australian Open. Berrettini is ranked No.7 in the world while Alcaraz is the World No.31.
Matteo Berrettini vs Carlos Alcaraz: Match Details
- Tournament: Australian Open 2022
- Date: 21 January 2022
- Match: Matteo Berrettini vs Carlos Alcaraz
- Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne
- Round: Third Round
- Surface: Hard Court
- Prize Money: USD 159,202
Matteo Berrettini vs Carlos Alcaraz: Preview
Italian Matteo Berrettini is known for his ‘hammer’ forehands but he hasn’t been at his best off late. He started the season at the ATP Cup where he lost 2 matches and won 1- where he beat Frenchman Ugo Humbert in straight sets. In the Australian Open this week, he played a tough first round match against American youngster Brandon Nakashima and won it coming from a set down. In the second round, he got the better of yet another American, Stefan Kozlov. He won the match in four sets 6-1,4-6,6-4,6-1.
His opponent, 18-year old Carlos Alcaraz has been exceptional this week in Melbourne. He ended the 2021 season with a victory at the NextGen Finals and is looking in tremendous shape this year. In the first round, he blasted past Alejandro Tabilo in straight sets before yet another straight sets victory over Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-2,6-1,7-5 in the second round. He seems to have worked out a lot physically during the off season and is looking better than ever.
Matteo Berrettini vs Carlos Alcaraz: Head-to-Head
This will be the second meeting between the two. Alcaraz leads the H2H 1-0. They met at Vienna last year where Alcaraz won in three sets.
Matteo Berrettini vs Carlos Alcaraz: Prediction
The match is very well poised to be a thriller. Both men have very similar hard hitting baseline game. They are probably two of the hardest hitters on the current tour and hence defense will be the key. Berrettini will be the favorite on paper but his current form is a matter of concern. On the other hand, Alcaraz has surprised everyone with the level at which he’s playing. Expect fireworks in the match and it can go down the distance. Alcaraz could very well upset Berrettini given his newly found big serve.
Prediction: Alcaraz to win in 5 sets.
Matteo Berrettini vs Carlos Alcaraz: Broadcast and Live Stream Details
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