TennisSection previews the 2021 Madrid Open as as Alexander Zverev (5) meets Matteo Berrettini (8) on Sunday, May 9th 2021.
Will Matteo Berrettini make it 2 titles in 2 weeks as he has performed superbly since his return to the ATP Tour after over 2 months off due to injury? Will Alexander Zverev be able to back up an incredible week here in Madrid to claim his 2nd Madrid Open title? Both players have put on amazing performances all week, but only one will lift the trophy. Who will it be?
Matteo Berrettini has been the only man all week to be able to break Casper Ruud in a match, beating the Norwegian in the Semi-finals in straight sets 6-4/6-4. Not many would have thought that Berrettini would be able to beat a clay-lover like Ruud, but the Italian came in clutch on both his first and second serve. Now, Matteo Berrettini has reached his maiden Masters 1000 title here at the 2021 Madrid Open, and he will want to give it his best shot I am sure to prove all the critics wrong. However, the Italian is meeting the most in form player this week in Alexander Zverev who has beaten much tougher opponents already.
Alexander Zverev has just gotten better and better all week here at the 2021 Madrid Open, backing up his victory over Nadal by beating Dominic Thiem in the Semi-finals in straight sets 6-3/6-4. Alexander Zverev’s backhand is the stuff of dreams, being able to hit any spot in the court he wants from that shot. Alexander is coming in clutch this week, proving to us that he still has some amazing run of forms left within him in big tournaments since last years US Open. Zverev has beaten the World No.2 and the World No.4 this week, but he still needs to make sure he gives it his all here against Matteo Berrettini if he wants to be crowned as the 2021 Madrid Open champion.
Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini have met 3 times before, with Alexander Zverev leading the head to head 2-1. They have always played very tight matches, but on clay they are 1-1. Here this is really going to be a battle of the second serves, and the backhand game. Zverev would want to keep this match on his backhand side, however, to do so, he would need to ensure his second serve is firing. On Berrettini’s side, he is capable of playing well on the backhand side, but his true strength is on the forehand. These are two powerhitting players, so really, the player who is able to outpower the other will win in my opinion. Berrettini is the stronger player physically I think, and I see him winning his maiden Masters 1000 title here in one of the tighest matches we will see this year.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Matteo Berrettini to Win.