World No. 8 Matteo Berrettini will take on World No. 17 Felix Auger-Aliassime in the round of 16 of the Cincinnati Masters on August 18, 2021.
Matteo Berrettini vs Felix Auger-Aliassime : Match Details
- Tournament: Western & Southern Open 2021
- Match: Matteo Berrettini vs Felix Auger-Aliassime
- Round: Third Round
- Date: August 19, 2021
- Prize Money: $68,325
- Venue: Cincinnati, USA
- Surface: Outdoor Hard court
Matteo Berrettini vs Felix Auger-Aliassime: Preview
Berrettini comes into this contest after beating Albert Vinolas Ramos in the previous round. The Italian played his first game on the tour after reaching the finals of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. Understandably, Berrettini was found rusty in the opening encounter against the Spaniard. That said, one expects the 25-year-old to find his groove, looking ahead into the final Grand Slam of the year. With nine wins and only three losses on the hard courts, Berrettini is going to be a serious threat for the rest of the field during the North American swing.
On the other hand, Felix comes into this match after beating Russia’s Karen Khachanov in three tight sets. Earlier in the tournament, the youngster also beat Marton Fucsovics in straight sets in the first round. The Canadian has been going through a lean patch in the North American hard court swing, after two consecutive exits in Washington and Toronto. Barring one final appearance in Melbourne and one quarterfinal in Acapulco earlier in the year, it has been a very disappointing run for the 21-year-old. That said, a Felix needs a decent run this week in Cincinnati to find form going into the US Open.
Matteo Berrettini vs Felix Auger-Aliassime: Head to Head
These two have met twice on the ATP tour before. It’s the Italian who leads the Canadian 2-0. Their last meeting took place at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
Matteo Berrettini vs Felix Auger-Aliassime: Prediction
Both players are coming after playing three sets in their previous rounds. Both Berrettini and Felix know each other well, owing to which there won’t be any surprise element in their strategy. However, the Italian will need his big serve to fire, along with his forehand. Meanwhile, the Canadian will bank on his movement and all-round game. Given how things have panned out between the two in their previous meetings, a similar outcome is on the cards.
Match Prediction: Matteo Berrettini should win in three sets.
Matteo Berrettini vs Felix Auger-Aliassime: Live Streaming & Where to Watch
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