Rio Open 2022: Matteo Berrettini vs. Carlos Alcaraz Tennis Pick and Prediction

Rio Open 2022: Matteo Berrettini vs. Carlos Alcaraz Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Rio Open as Matteo Berrettini takes on Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals on Saturday, February 19th, 2022.

Will Carlos Alcaraz get revenge for his 5-set loss earlier this year at the Australian Open against the Italian? Will Matteo Berrettini come out and show us that even on clay he is a threat to deal with? Both players are huge hitters, and the title favourites in my opinion. However, only one will make their way to the semifinals of the 2022 Rio Open. Who will it be?

Carlos Alcaraz played a solid match against the always tough lefty, Federico Delbonis, beating the Argentine in straight sets 6-4/7-6. The match was tough because it was played over 2 days due to rain delays, and the fact of trying to get back into your rhythm is never easy. Alcaraz is a great player and here at the 2022 Rio Open, the Spaniard has shown us some incredible shots and he is definitely a title favourite in my opinion. However, Alcaraz will know that he now meets another huge hitter like himself in Matteo Berrettini, and he will have to be at his best at the 2022 Rio Open.

Matteo Berrettini had to fight off a comeback by the local hero, Thiago Monteiro, beating the Brazilian in 3 tight sets 6-4/6-7/6-3. Matteo was always good on his first serve, showing us that incredible speed and power. However, he only won 45% of points off of his second serve, which can really hurt him in clay conditions because already the ball goes slower. Berrettini will be happy to be in the quarterfinals, but he will also know that if his second serve is as poor, he will struggle against the young and determined Carlos Alcaraz at the 2022 Rio Open.

Matteo Berrettini and Carlos Alcaraz have met 2 times before, with the head to head tied at 1-1. They met earlier this year at the Australian Open where Matteo was able to win in 5 extremely tight sets. Matteo had to give it his all in that match to see the Spaniard off, but it was definitely a close one where Alcaraz could have won it had a couple of points gone his way. Here in the clay court conditions of the 2022 Rio Open, I think that Matteo will struggle even more against the power and spin of shot of Alcaraz. With less speed on the serve here, Alcaraz will find more returns, and I think he is bound to get another top 10 win under his belt so early on in his career.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Carlos Alcaraz to Win.

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