TennisSection previews the 2021 Laver Cup as Matteo Berrettini takes on Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Day 1 Group Stage on Friday, September 24th, 2021.
Which of these two great friends and rivals will get the better of each other this time? Will it be Matteo Berrettini to get revenge for their match at the 2021 Cincinnati Open? Will it be Felix Auger-Aliassime to show us that he is always improving? Both players can win, but only one will get a point for their team here at the 2021 Laver Cup. Who will it be?
Felix Auger-Aliassime will be very happy with his recent performances, making his maiden Grand Slam Semi-Final at the 2021 US Open, where he lost to the eventual champion, Daniil Medvedev. Felix Auger-Aliassime is a great player and he showed us in New York that he can compete for a long period of time at his best. Here at the 2021 Laver Cup, Felix will be able to give Team World a good boost in confidence if he can get a win for them early on, but he meets a tough opponent and friend in Matteo Berrettini right from the start. Can he beat his higher ranked opponent and show us that he has not lost any momentum?
Matteo Berrettini also had a very good 2021 US Open campaign, reaching the Quarter-Finals where he lost to Novak Djokovic in 4 sets. Matteo has been so good this year, reaching far in all Grand Slams (except the Australian Open where he withdrew with an injury), and he has only lost to Novak Djokovic at Grand Slams this year. Matteo Berrettini is showing us why he is a top 10 player and why his time to shine as one of the top 5 is coming soon. Matteo is a power hitter so he can hit the ball very fast here in indoor hard courts, but he also knows that his opponent, Felix Auger-Aliassime, is also good in these conditions and he will have a tough battle here at the 2021 Laver Cup.
Matteo Berrettini and Felix Auger-Aliassime have met 3 times before, with Matteo Berrettini leading the head to head 2-1. They met 2 times this year and both matches were great. However, their most recent one was won by Felix. Although Felix won that match, it was one of Matteo’s first matches on a hard court after his Wimbledon Final, whilst Felix had gotten a few more matches and the rust out of his game. I expect a very tight encounter here at the 2021 Laver Cup, with both players seeing great support from their teams and the crowd. However, at the end of the day, with a fully fit Matteo Berrettini, and both players coming into this fresh, I see the Italian getting a very strong win for Team Europe here at the 2021 Laver Cup.
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