Matteo Berrettini vs Pablo Carreno Busta
August 9, 2022 11:00 am EDT
Matteo Berrettini will meet Pablo Carreno Busta in the First Round of the 2022 Montreal Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
A very interesting and tough battle is expected in the First Round of the Montreal Open as Matteo Berrettini and Pablo Carreno Busta lock horns. This is an unusually difficult match for both men so early in a tournament so they will be cursing their bad luck. Who will win this battle of the veterans and move on to the Second Round?
Matteo Berrettini is the 11th seed at the Montreal Open and is ranked 14th in the world rankings. The explosive Italian has firmly established himself as one of the best players in the world over the past few seasons but has suffered due to the Wimbledon issues, with his ranking massively dropping as a result. When he is healthy and in form he is definitely one of the favorites to win this title, especially on this hard court surface. At a lowly 11th seed he will be a very dangerous opponent for some of the top players, and his firepower is sure to cause a lot of issues. He is the favorite here against Pablo Carreno Busta, but will be well aware of his opponent’s experience and versatility and should certainly not underestimate him.
Pablo Carreno Busta is unseeded here at the Montreal Open and is ranked 23rd in the world. The Spaniard has been one of the most consistent players on the ATP Tour for a long time and is a very dangerous player on all surfaces. After a disappointing Wimbledon campaign he has been quite inconsistent, losing in the Second Round last week after previously reaching the Semi-Finals in Gstaad. While he is the underdog here for sure, he is definitely not someone that Matteo Berrettini will be looking forward to facing, and there is some serious upset potential here if he is able to play close to his best.
This is definitely a tricky First Round match for both players, and neither man will be happy with the draw. Matteo Berrettini has much more upside on this surface due to his firepower, but Carreno Busta has a wealth of experience, and is exactly the type of player that can trouble the best in the world if they have an off day. With that being said, I think that Berrettini is a relatively safe pick. He has been a pillar of consistency over the past few seasons, and hardly loses matches that he shouldn’t. I would definitely avoid the set markets, but the Italian to win outright looks a good shout.