TennisSection previews the 2022 Australian Open as Alex de Minaur takes on Pablo Andujar in the Round of 32 on Saturday, January 22nd, 2021.
Will Alex de Minaur get the win? Will Pablo Andujar pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have the home favorite with an excellent chance to book his spot in the last 16. Who will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2022 Australian Open?
Alex de Minaur got a great win to set up this meeting with Spanish veteran Pablo Andujar, winning his first ever match on Rod Laver arena, getting the crowd fired up and taking the match in straight sets. The draw is definitely very favorable for him here, as Andujar is no hard court specialist and de Minaur is much younger and has practically every advantage. I expect him to take this match quite easily, continuing to storm through the draw and book himself a place in the fourth round at the 2022 Australian Open.
Pablo Andujar got a solid win over Alex Molcan, winning in four sets. He won’t have so much luck coming up against this Alex though, seeing as de Minaur is in great form and in much better shape than he is, especially down under. Andujar rose in the ATP rankings last year, defeating Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem in stunning fashion. He will have his chances against de Minaur, but it’s unlikely he’ll be able to do more than push him in a set or two as he aims to extend his stay here at the 2022 Australian Open.
Alex de Minaur and Pablo Andujar have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. De Minaur is an interesting matchup for anybody, playing a relatively unorthodox game, with different strokes and mostly relying on getting the ball back into play constantly, while also being able to make some cheeky winners with his excellent redirection of the ball and accuracy. He plays his best when he’s aggressive, and I expect him to do just that as he aims to stomp past Andujar and into the Round of 16 at the 2022 Australian Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Alex de Minaur to win in 3 sets.
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