Australian Open 2022: Sebastian Korda vs. Corentin Moutet Tennis Pick and Prediction

Australian Open 2022: Sebastian Korda vs. Corentin Moutet Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Australian Open as Sebastian Korda takes on Corentin Moutet in the second round on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022.

After his majestic performance in the first round, who can dare to stop Sebastian Korda at the Australian Open? On the evidence of his shellacking over Cam Norrie, we reckon Corentin Moutet might have little power at his disposal. 

Sebastian Korda was at his absolute best as he delivered an absolute mauling over British No. 1 Cameron Norrie. Korda, who was playing in his first tournament of the season, dropped just seven games and barely got out of first gear. The 21-year-old American is a former junior champion of the Australian Open, and his return to Melbourne Park was always going to bring fond memories. Korda’s preparation for year’s first Grand Slam was far from ideal as he was forced to withdraw from the Adelaide International due to a positive Covid-19 test. However, his performance over Norrie will likely send shivers down Corentin Moutet’s spine. 

Corentin Moutet, meanwhile, won the all-French clash against Lucas Pouille in four sets. Pouille, a former semifinalist at the Australian Open, is ranked 160th in the world. And he only garnered a main draw berth as a wild card. And it was the experienced Frenchman who made the first move in this hotly contested first-round match. Pouille broke Moutet twice in the opening set to take a one-set lead. But it was the in-form Moutet, who is fresh off a semifinal showing in Adelaide, who bossed the match from that moment on, winning the next three sets and dropping just one service game. 

Sebastian Korda is set to meet Corentin Moutet for the first time at this year’s Australian Open. Despite his two-week absence after touching down in Australia, Korda showed he had not lost a step once he was out of quarantine in his first-round win over Norrie. Some of the shots that Korda managed to pull off completely took Norrie by surprise. For a man of his stature, Korda can still accelerate and dash towards to net to finish off points spectacularly. He is far from a finished article, but he will take some beating this week.  

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Sebastian Korda in four sets.

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