TennisSection previews the 2021 Serbia Open as Matteo Berrettini (2) meets Filip Krajinovic (5) in the Quarter-Finals on Friday April 23rd, 2021.
Second seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini will face fifth seeded Filip Krajinovic in the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Serbia Open. This is sure to be a very exciting match as both players are known for their shot making ability. Berrettini seems to finally be in form after some long struggles, can he get the win here and advance to his first Semi-Final of the year? Or will it be the local star Krajinovic causing the upset at home?
Matteo Berrettini is the second seed here at the 2021 Serbia Open and is currently ranked number 10 in the ATP world rankings. He has been in a slump for the past few months, and has not been able to regain his form since suffering an injury at the Australian Open earlier this year. The Italian star has been impressive so far here in Belgrade however, playing some of his best tennis in his win over Marco Cecchinato in the Round of 16. Berrettini served very well in that match and was able to dominate his compatriot from the baseline with his huge groundstrokes. He enters this Quarter-Final as the favorite against Filip Krajinovic but knows that he will have to be at his best to defeat the versatile Serbian here at the 2021 Serbia Open.
Filip Krajinovic is currently ranked #33 in the world and is Serbia’s #2 player. After struggling in his opening round match he was dominant in the Round of 16, defeating countryman Nikola Milojevic 6-1, 6-1. Like Matteo Berrettini, he is better known for his hard court success but he is a capable player on clay, and has had good results throughout his career. He has not had consistent results so far this year and will be pleased that he finally seems to be going on a run here. While he enters this match as the underdog, he knows that he is capable of getting the win here due to his opponent’s recent struggles, as well as his home court advantage. If he can keep his unforced error count to a minimum he has a good chance of winning here and advancing to the Semi-Finals at the 2021 Serbia Open.
This will be the second time that the two players have faced each other on the ATP Tour, with Berrettini leading the head to head 1-0. The last time that they played was two years ago in Budapest, where the Italian got the win in three sets on clay, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. I expect this to be a very tight contest, with both players very capable of winning. Despite his struggles this year, I am going with Matteo Berrettini to win here. He has an extra gear that the Serbian Filip Krajinovic does not, and if he is fully focus and injury free he should be able to grind out a tough win. Expect it to be very close, possibly even three sets, but the Italian will win and advance to the Semi-Finals of the 2021 Serbia Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Matteo Berrettini to win