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The beauty of Grand Slam tennis is that every tournament without fail produces a few cracking first round matches. This year’s Australian Open is no different, with former World No.6 Matteo Berrettini squaring off against three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray on Tuesday.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Matteo Berrettini vs Andy Murray – Match Prediction
With plenty on the line for both of these men in terms of gaining momentum for careers that have been hindered by injury over the past few years, this will be a hard fought match. Here are our top two tennis predictions ahead of the first ball being served.
Matteo Berrettini to Win 3-1
Berrettini is a heavy favourite to win this match, but rather than betting on the Italian to win outright, take Berrettini at 3-1 for better odds. The past two clashes between these two men have ended in a Berrettini victory, with Murray picking up a consolation set. The latest of these was at last year’s Australian Open, where the two met in the Round of 32 and played a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(1), 6-3 match in favour of Berrettini.
Matteo Berrettini to Win First Set and Match
Of the four matches between these two tennis players, Matteo Berrettini has won the first set every single time. While Andy Murray is a tough competitor and will make Berrettini work for his points, the Brit’s chances of winning this match are more likely to be by taking it deep and turning it into a baseline arm wrestle. Expect Berrettini to win eventually, and start strong as well.
Matteo Berrettini vs Andy Murray Preview
With these two bets in mind, here’s a little more background context on each player.
Italy’s Matteo Berrettini has had a frustrating few years. The 26-year-old is currently ranked No.14 in the world, having been as high as No.6 this time last year. While this may not seem bad, when Berrettini is in full health, he’s able to beat the best in the world—it’s just that he’s not often in full health. The grass court specialist will be keen to put his struggles behind him however, and play a full season in 2023.
At one stage, Andy Murray was talked of in the same breath as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. As one of the only men who was able to knock the Big Three off their No.1 perch in the past two decades, Murray has also been plagued by injuries that have limited his potential. Now playing with an artificial hip, Murray is grafting his way back up the rankings, currently sitting at No.66 in the world.
Matteo Berrettini vs Andy Murray Head to Head
The two have met four times previously. Andy Murray won the first encounter on hard court in 2019, while Berrettini has won the last three, the last two of which have been tight encounters.
Matteo Berrettini vs Andy Murray Match Details
- Time and Date: The match will start at approximately 3:00-4:00 AM GMT.
- Court: The match will be played in Rod Laver Arena.
- How to watch: Fans are able to watch AO 2023 in the UK on Eurosport broadcast and online, or stream it on Discovery.