ATP Cup 2022: Matteo Berrettini vs. Alex de Minaur Tennis Pick and Prediction

ATP Cup 2022: Matteo Berrettini vs. Alex de Minaur Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 ATP Cup as Matteo Berrettini meets Alex de Minaur on Sunday January 2nd, 2022 at 3:50am EST.

The 2022 ATP Cup is shaping up to be a special event, and the atmosphere will be rocking during the tie between host nation Australia and Italy. The Aussies are the big underdogs here but their crowd support is always to the maximum, and they will need it here against the red-hot Italians, boasting the dynamic duo of Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner. Alex de Minaur has been given the big task of trying to stop the top 10 player Berrettini, can he pull off the big upset here to send the home crowd into a frenzy here in Sydney?

Matteo Berrettini is ranked #7 on the ATP Tour, and is coming off a very solid season in 2021, where he reached his first ever Grand Slam Final at Wimbledon and captured his first ATP-500 title at Queen’s. He will be highly motivated to continue that momentum into 2022, and the 2022 ATP Cup will serve as a tune up for his assault on the Australian Open title where he will be considered one of the favorites. His big serve and forehand will be huge weapons on these hard courts, and he will be looking to dominate his opponent, Australian Alex de Minaur with those tools. If he is able to keep his error count to a minimum it is likely that he will win this match, but his opponent is one of the best counter punchers and movers on the tour, so that is easier said than done.

Alex de Minaur is the Australian number one and is currently ranked #34 on the ATP Tour. The Aussie star is coming off a disappointing 2021 season and will be hoping to bounce back in a major way. There is no better place to do that than at home, and he will have his eyes fixed on a strong performance at his home Grand Slam event later this month. He will have to be at his defensive best here at the 2022 ATP Cup if he is to have any chance of overcoming the talented Matteo Berrettini, who enters the 2022 season in dominant form.

This is set to be a classic match between contrasting styles, the raw power of Matteo Berrettini and the speed and defensive capabilities of Alex de Minaur. This will be the second meeting between the pair on the ATP Tour, with the Italian winning their only encounter last year at the Queen’s Championships en route to the title. While Berrettini is the big favorite given how last year unfolded for the two, de Minaur is a fighter and should never be counted out. The Australian also has the huge advantage of playing at home, and the crowd will be roaring their support. That being said, at this stage in their careers the two players are on different levels, and I would be very surprised if the Italian was to lose here. He should be able to overpower his opponent with both his serve and forehand, getting a valuable win for Team Italy here at the 2022 ATP Cup.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Matteo Berrettini to win in straight sets

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