TennisSection previews the 2023 Adelaide International as Felix Auger-Aliassime takes on Alexei Popyrin in the Round of 32 on Monday, January 2, 2023.
Will Felix Auger-Aliassime get the win? Will Alexei Popyrin pull off the upset? This will be a fascinating one, where we have the young talent taking on a player on a comeback run after a disappointing 2022 season. Who will triumph and move through to the Round of 16 at the Adelaide International?
Felix Auger-Aliassime had a breakthrough 2022 season, finishing inside the top 8 and winning 4 titles, ending his final drought as a result. As he comes into the Australian swing this year, he’ll be very hungry and very dangerous for any player on the other side of the net. Although Alexei Popyrin will certainly be hungry to win at home, he isn’t in the kind of form you need to challenge one of the very best in the world as the 2nd seed aims to advance to the Round of 16 at the 2023 Adelaide International.
Alexei Popyrin, for his part, didn’t have the best 2022 after winning his maiden title the previous season, but he’ll be hoping to change that coming into the new year. If he wants a shot at Felix Auger-Aliassime, he’ll need to serve big. He has a massive serve, but he’ll have to use it consistently and make sure FAA doesn’t get a chance to pounce. Let’s see if he has a shot here at the 2023 Adelaide International.
Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alexei Popyrin have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. We’re likely to see some tight sets with how big these two serve, but Auger-Aliassime’s skill set goes into a different realm than that of the Australian. I expect him to take his chances and get off to a good start at the 2023 Adelaide International.
Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Felix Auger-Aliassime in 2 sets.
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