Denis Kudla vs. Matteo Berrettini
|Date & Time||Friday June 14, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
Tennis Club Weissenhof
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In the quarterfinals of the 2019 ATP Stuttgart Open, Denis Kudla from the United States will play against Matteo Berrettini from Italy.
Denis Kudla had a closely fought victory in the previous round as he defeated Gael Monfils in 3 sets. The match lasted 38 games with two sets being decided via tiebreakers. The match was started strongly by Denis Kudla as he won the opening set 7-5 but lost the second set via a tiebreaker. Kudla held his nerve as he won the final set and the match via a tiebreaker. While the result was impressive, it was disappointing to see Denis Kudla serve. Kudla won 67% of his service points but the most disappointing statistic is the fact that he lost 4 service games. It is important to note that Denis Kudla was greatly aided by Gael Monfils hit 6 double faults and numerous unforced errors. This match will be an entirely different challenge for Denis Kudla since Matteo Berrettini is a much more consistent opponent.
Matteo Berrettini was terrific in the previous round as he defeated Karen Khachanov in straight sets. During the victory, Matteo Berrettini served exceptionally well as he won 79% of his service points which allowed him to win all of his service games. Berrettini also managed to break Karen Khachanov’s serve on 3 occasions. It has been a very good few weeks for Matteo Berrettini as he won the Hungarian Open and finished second at the Bavarian Open. The confidence from those tournaments seem to be aiding Matteo Berrettini as he is playing very well at the moment.
Denis Kudla and Matteo Berrettini have played each other 3 times in the past. Kudla has beaten Berrettini on 2 occasions while the Italian has beaten Kudla once. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at the Bavarian Open where Matteo Berrettini won in straight sets.
Denis Kudla’s serve has always lacked consistency and I see that being a problem in this match. Kudla was lucky that Monfils played poorly and that allowed him to get past the Frenchman in the previous round. I see that ending in this match as I am picking Matteo Berrettini to win this match. Matteo Berrettini has been playing very strong tennis and he is coming off a big win as he defeated the world number 9 player. Matteo Berrettini looks the stronger player and I see him beating an inconsistent Denis Kudla.