On Friday, from 16:00, we have the match Berrettini – Rublev, in the semifinals at Thiem 7. Will we see many games in this duel?
Berrettini surprised everyone at the US Open last year, where he made it to the semifinals.
It was the result that helped him the most to reach the 8th place ATP.
But the 24-year-old Italian had shown positive things some time before Flushing Meadows.
On the hard, he won a challenger in Phoenix, at the beginning of the previous season, in order to win in Budapest and make the final in Munich.
In 2020, Matteo was eliminated in the second round of the Australian Open, and then took a break due to an injury to his abdominal muscles.
After returning, he ticked a few games at the UTS Championship, with five wins and three defeats.
He won his first two duels, with Novak (AUT), score 7-6, 6-3, and with Bautista, score 6-4, 6-3, and in the last game he lost, with Khachanov, score 6-7 , 4-6.
Rublev is a 22-year-old Russian, ranked 14th in the ATP rankings.
A back injury stopped his ascent, but now the situation seems to be very good.
He has four important career titles, two of which were taken in 2020. So, the interruption of competitions came at a totally inappropriate time for Andrey.
He won in Adelaide and Doha, while in Melbourne he was taken out by Sasha Zverev in the round of 16.
He played on the Adria Tour in Croatia, where he won three games and should have played in the final.
Here, he won with Struff, score 3-6, 6-4, 15-13, lost with Thiem, score 5-7, 4-6, and in the last match he obtained the qualification through a success with Ruud (NOR) , score 6-2, 3-6, 10-4.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Berrettini vs Rublev
The two tennis players met four times, and the Italian is 3-1 in the direct disputes ratio.
In the only match on clay, at Gstaad (SUI), in 2018, Berrettini won in two sets, score 6-3, 6-3.
Matteo seemed a bit more relaxed against Khachanov, but maybe that’s because he had already qualified.
It is a demonstration, but such moments appear when you accomplish small goals.
Reaching the semifinals is certainly one of Berrettini’s wishes for this tournament.
Bet Tips: Berrettini