Australian Open 2022: Matteo Berrettini vs. Brandon Nakashima Tennis Pick and Prediction

Australian Open 2022: Matteo Berrettini vs. Brandon Nakashima Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Australian Open as Matteo Berrettini takes on Brandon Nakashima in the first round on Monday, January 17th, 2022.

Will Brandon Nakashima get a huge upset win under his belt as he aims to make a name for himself? Will Matteo Berrettini get off to a strong start here at the 2022 Australian Open as he continues to make it far in all grand slams? Both players are big power hitters, but who will prevail?

Brandon Nakashima has played well to start off his 2022 season, playing at the Sydney Open where he made it to the quarter finals, beating the likes of Jiri Vesely and Fabio Fognini along the way. Brandon is a solid player in hard court conditions, as he is able to use his big serve and forehand to push opponents off the court. However, the American is still young and he has not fully developed a strong mental game to choose the right shots in the tight moments. Brandon will meet a very similar playing style opponent to him here at the 2022 Australian Open in Matteo Berrettini.

Matteo Berrettini did get things going in a good way this year, although he went 1-2 in his singles matches at the ATP Cup. In his opening match, Matteo lost to Alex de Minaur and he could probably blame the rust of not having played much and having just come back from an injury. In his second match he cruised through a tough opponent in Ugo Humbert, and in his final match he took Medvedev to the distance but eventually lost. Although things did not always go his way at the ATP Cup, it was definitely good preparation to find his rhythm for the 2022 Australian Open. Will he cruise against Brandon Nakashima?

Matteo Berrettini and Brandon Nakashima have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. Brandon definitely has potential to make a bigger name for himself this year, having a solid base on which to build. However, when it comes to who is able to dominate matches more and who has the experience to have the sound mind when choosing the correct shots, we have to go with Matteo Berrettini. Brandon will have to play at his best if he wants to get anything going here at the 2022 Australian Open, but even if he does, I don’t see him being able to match Matteo Berrettini’s power.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Matteo Berrettini in 3 Sets.

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