TennisSection previews the 2021 Kremlin Cup as Adrian Mannarino takes on Ricardas Berankis in the quarterfinals on Friday, October 22nd, 2021.
Will Adrian Mannarino move on? Will Ricardas Berankis pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have an unlikely matchup coming to a clash. Who will move on to the semifinals at the 2021 Kremlin Cup?
Adrian Mannarino pulled off one of the biggest wins of his career and a huge upset, taking out the number one seed and the world no.6 in three after dropping the first set. It was an incredible win, while Rublev has been inconsistent as of late, that doesn’t change the fact that he pulled off a huge win against Rublev in his home turf. That makes him the clear favorite against Ricardas Berankis, who hasn’t really had too much competition to make it here. While Mannarino could struggle, the fact that he beat Rublev will fill him with confidence, and he loves this kind of court with quick conditions. Let’s see if he can continue his level to book a spot in the semifinals at the 2021 Kremlin Cup.
Ricardas Berankis has a tough one coming up against Adrian Mannarino, considering who Mannarino had to beat, and who Berankis had to beat, it seems like a no brainer to go with Mannarino. However, surprises can happen, and Berankis knows Mannarino well, if he’s able to play the perfect kind of game to take out Mannarino, then he has a real shot at beating him. However, it is a long shot to go against the guy who managed to take out the number one seed in such stunning fashion, let’s see if Berankis can bring his best level to challenge Mannarino for a place in the semifinals at the 2021 Kremlin Cup.
Adrian Mannarino and Ricardas Berankis have met 6 times before, with Adrian Mannarino leading the head to head 4-2. Out of so many meetings, the two should know each other well, they haven’t played since 2018, but their previous meetings are pretty indicative of how this match will likely go. Five meetings came on hard courts, with two of those coming on indoor hard courts, and one on a grass court. Mannarino loves quick courts, and with this court being quick and indoors, it definitely gives Mannarino a decisive edge. Let’s see if he can carry on this momentum and move on to the semifinals at the 2021 Kremlin Cup.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Adrian Mannarino to win in 2 sets.
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