TennisSection previews the 2022 Adelaide 2 Open as Thanasi Kokkinakis takes on Arthur Rinderknech in the final on Saturday, January 15th, 2022.
Will Arthur Rinderknech shock us all with his amazing run this week as he aims to win his maiden ATP Tour title? Will Thanasi Kokkinakis show his fellow Aussie crowd that a fit and healthy version of himself is so entertaining to watch and can compete with the best on the ATP Tour? Both players will be very determined to cap their week off with a title, but only one will actually lift the 2022 Adelaide 2 Open trophy. Who will it be?
Arthur Rinderknech cruised through his semi final match, beating his fellow Frenchman, Corentin Moutet, in straight sets 6-1 / 6-3. The match was dominated by Arthur’s serve and he made sure that he was taking advantage of Corentin’s poor second serve all throughout the match. If you though Corentin’s second serve was bad, only winning 31% of points, his first serve was terrible as well, only winning 55% of points. Arthur had a walk in the park in this match, and he will be happy that it was easy. However, he will also know that he is not going to have such an easy opponent now in Thanasi Kokkinakis at the 2022 Adelaide 2 Open.
Thanasi Kokkinakis had to fight through an extremely tough encounter against the very experienced, Marin Cilic, beating the Croat in 3 sets 6-2 / 3-6 / 7-6. The tiebreak in the final set was incredible to watch, with Thanasi leading it at 6-3 at one point. However, Marin kept his composure and saved 5 match points during that tiebreak, but Thanasi was able to see it off in the end, winning 12-10. This is definitely a great opportunity for the Aussie to both win a title on home territory at the 2022 Adelaide 2 Open, but also to show that he is back and ready to have a redemption season in 2022. Will he make sure that Arthur Rinderknech does not spoil his party?
Thanasi Kokkinakois and Arthur Rinderknech have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. Although Arthur is ranked nearly 100 places higher than Thanasi, this does not really mean anything in terms of their experience and potential on the ATP Tour. Thanasi has already played in big matches against big name opponents and definitely put up good fights. Arthur has been mostly playing on the challenger tour, and he has half of the experience (in terms of match numbers) compared to Thanasi. I think that the easiness of Arthur’s draw will also be bad for him in terms of now knowing what to expect at a higher level. I see Thanasi cruising here to win the 2022 Adelaide 2 Open title.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Thanasi Kokkinakis in 2 Sets.
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