TennisSection previews the 2022 Cincinnati Open as Matteo Berrettini takes on Frances Tiafoe in the Round of 64 on Monday, August 15th, 2022.
Will Matteo Berrettini get the win? Will Frances Tiafoe pull off the upset? This will be a fascinating one, where we have one of the very best taking on a talented home favorite. Who will triumph and move on to the Round of 32 at the 2022 Cincinnati Open?
Matteo Berrettini suffered a tough loss last week in Montreal, and while he lost to the player who ended up going all the way to the finals, it was still a bad loss nonetheless. Granted, he looked rather unmotivated and disinterested, and I don’t expect the same mentality from the Italian who looks to regroup and find the form that took him deep in so many tournaments. I expect him to take down Frances Tiafoe and book himself a place in the Round of 32 at the 2022 Cincinnati Open.
Frances Tiafoe has had a couple tough losses these last 2 weeks, one to Nick Kyrgios in Washington where he held 5 match points, and the other last week in Montreal where he lost from 4-0 up in the 3rd set. We know he has the level to beat these top guys right now, he just needs to focus. Cincinnati will be an amazing chance for him to do that, being a fast court in his home country. Let’s see what he can do here as he looks to somehow find a way at the 2022 Cincinnati Open.
Matteo Berrettini and Frances Tiafoe have met once before, with Matteo Berrettini leading the head to head 1-0. Their one meeting came at the 2018 Rome Masters, with Berrettini winning in straights. This meeting is quite irrelevant, with neither player being too known yet and being on the clay, but Berrettini does have some advantages over Tiafoe, playing incredibly aggressively and serving absolute rockets. I expect him to pull out his best for this one, but it’s still gonna be a battle as the two clash for a spot in the Round of 32 at the 2022 Cincinnati Open.
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