Rotterdam Open 2022: Alex De Minaur vs. Mackenzie McDonald Tennis Pick and Prediction

Rotterdam Open 2022: Alex De Minaur vs. Mackenzie McDonald Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Rotterdam Open as Alex De Minaur takes on Mackenzie McDonald in the second round on Wednesday, February 9th, 2022.

Alex De Minaur and Mackenzie McDonald recorded emphatic wins on day one at the Rotterdam Open. That sets up nicely this second-round meeting in the Netherlands’ second city. Will the Aussie reign supreme or will McDonald continue his ascent towards a Top 50 ranking?

Alex De Minaur is looking to follow up his Australian Open breakthrough with a deep run at the Rotterdam Open. De Minaur had reached the fourth round of his home Slam for the first time a couple of weeks ago before losing to Jannik Sinner. But he was quick to put that disappointment behind him as he ruthlessly tore through the defenses of David Goffin to win 6-0 6-3 in the first round in Rotterdam. Goffin, who is still nursing knee injury, had no answers to De Minaur’s superior athletic ability. The 22-year-old Aussie won 71% first-serve points and broke serve five times to record a routine victory over the former World No. 7.

Mackenzie McDonald, meanwhile, eased past an out-of-form Nikoloz Basilashvili who succumbed to his sixth straight defeat of 2022. The Georgian, who is without a tour-level win since October, threw in the towel long before the final ball. McDonald hammered five aces and won impressive 78% first-serve points en route to a straight sets victory. McDonald has entered the world’s Top 50 for the first time in the latest ATP rankings. 

Alex De Minaur leads the series against Mackenzie McDonald 1-0. De Minaur defeated the American by the bizarre scoreline 1-6 7-6 6-0 in Shenzhen in 2018. A lot has happened since their last collision, with McDonald very much past his injury hell. De Minaur, for his part, has become one of the best Australian male players of his generation. He is a fantastic mover across the baseline and packs a very  solid backhand that is just tough to attack. I think McDonald will pose a very difficult challenge, but I expect De Minaur to escape with the win. 

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Alex De Minaur in 3 sets.

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