Melbourne Open 2022: Kevin Anderson vs. Jaume Munar Tennis Pick and Prediction

Melbourne Open 2022: Kevin Anderson vs. Jaume Munar Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Melbourne Open as Kevin Anderson takes on Jaume Munar in the first round on Wednesday, January 5th, 2021.

Will Jaume Munar show us a higher level of tennis than what we are used to seeing from him as he aims to cause the upset? Will Kevin Anderson come out here and use his big serve and forehand to dictate play in these hard court conditions? Both players will be looking to wear off some rust in this match, but who will find their form quicker at the 2022 Melbourne Open?

Jaume Munar will be looking to have made the most of his recent training and advice from one of his mentors, Rafael Nadal, as he steps on the court here at the 2022 Melbourne Open. However, based on what we have seen from Jaume usually in these conditions, he will need a lot of luck to get anything going. Jaume is a good player on his day, with incredible depth of shot and he is so passionate. However, in these hard court conditions he needs to adapt his clay court style to both move faster, but also take time away from his opponents. Can the Spaniard get the upset done against the experienced Kevin Anderson?

Kevin Anderson has been struggling to get into tournaments recently, having only played 2 indoor hard court tournaments in the last few months of 2021, and not qualifying for one of them. Kevin is a great player on his day, having been a Grand Slam Finalist in his prime. However, in the last few years, injury issues have really plagued his progress. Kevin knows that in these outdoor hot hard court conditions he can get stuff going, especially of his serve, and he will want to get a few wins under his belt here at the 2022 Melbourne Open to get some confidence and momentum for the rest of the month. Can he prevent the upset from Jaume Munar?

Kevin Anderson and Jaume Munar have met 2 times before, with Kevin Anderson leading the head to head 2-0. They met both times in similar conditions in 2019, with Kevin having won one match in straight sets and the other in 3. Jaume is slightly higher ranked at the moment, but that does not mean he is the better player. If this match was being played in clay court conditions, perhaps I could see an upset from the Spaniard. However, in these hard court conditions at the 2022 Melbourne Open, Kevin will win a lot of free points off his huge serve and forehand.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Kevin Anderson to Win.

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