ATP Cup 2022: Jannik Sinner vs. James Duckworth Tennis Pick and Prediction

ATP Cup 2022: Jannik Sinner vs. James Duckworth Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 ATP Cup as Jannik Sinner meets James Duckworth on Sunday January 2nd, 2022, at 2:30am EST.

The young superstar Jannik Sinner will kick off his 2022 campaign at the 2022 ATP Cup where he will face Australian James Duckworth in Sydney. The Aussie is the big underdog here, but he will be playing at home so the home crowd will be hoping to inspire him to a win here. Can he do the unthinkable and carry his country to victory? The Italian may be feeling the pressure ahead of the new season as expections are very high for him, can he handle the pressure?

Jannik Sinner is ranked #10 on the ATP Tour and has been a revelation on the circuit in recent years, bursting onto the scene as a teenager and winning multiple titles. The Italian has cemented himself as the most promising young player in the world, and it seems to be only a matter of time before he fully breaks out with a major tournament win. He came very close to his first Masters title in Miami early in the year but fell at the final hurdle. Big things are expected of him this season and the 2022 ATP Cup should serve as excellent preparation for an assault on the Australian Open title where he should be considered as a dark horse for the title. His first match of the season will be against Australian James Duckworth, a solid player but not one that has had nearly as much success as Sinner. He will be expected to win comfortably here, but some rust can be expected.

James Duckworth is the world #49 and will be delighted to have received a call-up to the Australian 2022 ATP Cup team. He has been quite inconsistent on the ATP Tour but has had a couple big wins throughout his career and is not an opponent to take lightly. He is the big underdog here against his opponent Jannik Sinner, and quite frankly lacks the firepower needed to compete with the Italian. He will be hoping that Sinner is rusty after the off-season break and will make more unforced errors than usual. Duckworth can make this interesting for brief stretches, and if he plays well the crowd may inspire him to better things. He is the big underdog here but will be hoping for a miracle here on home soil at the ATP Cup.

This match looks relatively straightforward on paper, but that is not always the case, especially in the first couple tournaments of the year as players get re-acclimatized to being on the ATP Tour. This will be the fourth meeting between the two players, including them splitting two matches earlier this season. Jannik Sinner is the big favorite to win this match over hometown hero James Duckworth, and provided his off-season preparation was up to par, he should have no problems winning this match. The Aussie is no slouch, and he will be relishing playing at the 2022 ATP Cup on home soil, but he is likely to go down in straight sets here to his Italian opponent.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Jannik Sinner to win in straight sets.

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