TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Matteo Berrettini takes on Ilya Ivashka in the Round of 32 on Saturday, September 4th, 2021.
Will Ilya Ivashka get the biggest win of his career under his belt as he aims to continue playing with the strong momentum he has found recently? Will Matteo Berrettini continue to find his form as he aims to go far here in this top half of the 2021 US Open draw? Both players are big powerhitters, but only one will make their way to the Round of 16 of the 2021 US Open. Who will it be?
Ilya Ivashka cruised through his Round of 64 match against Vasek Pospisil, beating the Canadian in straight sets 6-3/6-4/7-6. Ilya Ivashka has been in great form recently, winning his first title on the ATP Tour last week at the Winston-Salem Open, and along the way he beat the World No.12 in Pablo Carreno Busta. Ilya is a very underrated player with a big serve and forehand, however, he is going to have to ensure he is at his best in those and also his movement as he now meets a similar, but much better, player here at the 2021 US Open in Matteo Berrettini.
Matteo Berrettini had to fight through a tight but entertaining Round of 64 match against Corentin Moutet, winning in 4 sets 7-6/4-6/6-4/6-3. Matteo Berrettini is finding his form as this is only his second tournament since Wimbledon, so these gritty wins are actually good form him to see where he needs to improve. Matteo needs to still try and win matches quickly, so he will know he needs to improve in the next few matches before he most likely meets Novak Djokovic in the Quarter-Finals here at the 2021 US Open. Can he cruise through Ilya Ivashka?
Matteo Berrettini and Ilya Ivashka have met 2 times before, with Matteo Berrettini leading the head to head 2-0. They met at Wimbledon this year where Berrettini won in straight sets quite easily. Since then, Ivashka has found better form and he has been able to get some great success. With this being on a hard court, Ivashka will feel more comfortable. I expect a win for Matteo Berrettini at the end of the day, but with the form of Ivashka I would not be shocked if he sneaks a set by winning a tiebreak under his belt before Matteo makes his way to the Round of 16 of the 2021 US Open.
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