Rio Open 2022: Men’s Singles Draw Preview, Analysis, and Prediction

The ATP-500 Rio Open 2022 will be the second ATP-500 tournament of the season and the 8th edition of the tournament that will be played on Clay.

Matteo Berrettini, Casper Ruud, Diego Schwartzman - Top 3 seeds of the Rio Open 2022
Matteo Berrettini, Casper Ruud, Diego Schwartzman - Top 3 seeds of the Rio Open 2022

The Rio Open 2022 will be the 8th edition of the tournament. It will be the second ATP-500 tournament of the season and will be the third Clay tournament of the season. It will be held at the Jockey Club Brasileiro in Rio and will have Cristian Garin as the defending champion this year. The 2020 edition was cancelled due to the Pandemic and Garin will look to become the first player to defend his title in Rio.

Tournament Details:

  • Tournament: Rio Open 2022
  • Date: February 14 – 20
  • Number of Entrants: 28 (Singles), 16 (Doubles)
  • Venue: Jockey Club Brasileiro, Rio
  • Surface: Clay court
  • Prize Money: $1, 660,290
  • Defending Champion: Cristian Garin

Top Seeds at the Rio Open 2022

  • Matteo Berrettini
  • Casper Ruud
  • Diego Schwartzman
  • Pablo Carreno Busta
  • Cristian Garin
  • Lorenzo Sonego
  • Carlos Alcaraz
  • Albert Ramos Vinolas

Men’s Singles Draw Analysis and Prediction

Top Half

Pablo Carreno Busta
Pablo Carreno Busta

Top-seeded Matteo Berrettini returns to Clay for the first time this season and has a bye in the first round and is likely to meet wildcard entrant Thiago Monteiro who starts against a qualifier. Federico Delbonis also awaits a qualifier with the winner set to take on the winner from the all-Spanish match between 7th seeded Carlos Alcaraz and Jaume Munar.

4th seeded Pablo Carreno Busta gets a bye in the first round and will take on the winner from the match between Facundo Bagnis and Fabio Fognini. Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco will start against Dusan Lajovic with the winner set to take on the winner between Federico Coria and defending champion and 5th seeded Cristian Garin.

First Semi-Final Prediction: Carlos Alcaraz vs Pablo Carreno Busta

Bottom Half

French Open 2021
Casper Ruud

8th seeded Albert Ramos Vinolas awaits a qualifier and will take on the winner from the clash between Pablo Cuevas and Pablo Andujar. Wildcard entrant Juncheng Shang will take on Pedro Martinez with the winner set to meet 3rd seeded Diego Schwartzman who gets a bye in the first round.

2nd seeded Casper Ruud has a bye in the first round and will take on the winner from the match-up between Benoit Paire and Francisco Cerundolo. Wildcard entrant Felipe Alves will start against a qualifier with the winner set to take on the winner between the clash of Laslo Djere and 6th seeded Lorenzo Sonego.

Second Semi-Final Prediction: Diego Schwartzman vs Casper Ruud

Semifinals

Carlos Alcaraz Garfia
Carlos Alcaraz Garfia

It could be the first meeting between the two Spaniards Alcaraz and Busta. While both the players return to the Tour from a defeat in the Australian Open having lost to Berrettini, it will be a close match between the two players who are both great on Clay. Ruud and Schwartzman could meet for the 9th time with their 8th meeting set to take place in the finals at the Argentina Open where they are set to clash for the title.

Rio Open Final: Carlos Alcaraz vs Diego Schwartzman

Final

Diego Schwartzman
Diego Schwartzman

Schwartzman and Alcaraz could meet for the first time on the Tour. While both are claycourt specialists, the youth of Carlos could be tested by the experience of Schwartzman who has displayed fantastic results in both the Clay tournaments he has played and would be the favourite to capture the title in Rio for the second time.

Champion: Diego Schwartzman

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Sarthak Shitole is a tennis writer at FirstSportz. Despite being a lifelong Roger Federer fan, he has admiration for other tennis stars as well.