Carreno-Busta vs Berrettini: prediction for the National Bank Open
Pablo Carreno-Busta takes on Matteo Berrettini in the first round of the Canadian Open. What to expect from the opponents? Who will progress to the next round? We made predictions for this match, which you can find below.
Pablo Carreno Busta
Pablo Carreno-Bustais showing good results on hard courts this season, despite being considered a clay-court specialist. The Spaniard has nine victories and five defeats on this surface. At the beginning of the year, Carreno-Busta had a solid performance in the ATP Cup, where he reached the final together with the Spanish national team. Carreno-Busta also made it to the fourth round of the Australian Open, where he lost to Matteo Berrettini (5-7, 6-7, 4- 6).
Matteo Berrettini is enjoying a successful tour. The Italian athlete has already won two trophies, at the grass-court tournaments in Stuttgart and London. Most recently, Berrettini played in the final in Gstaad, where he lost to Casper Ruud in three sets (6-4, 6-7, 2-6). Berrettini's best 2022 result on hard courts in reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open.
There were 2 tie-breaks in Carreno Busta's last 5 matches.
In 3 of Berrettini's last 5 matches, over 9.5 games were played in the first set.
The tennis players have already met on hard this season, and that was an intense match. We expect the opponents to have another close battle, but Berrettini is the favorite. However, Carreno-Busta is a very talented player and definitely can create problems for the Italian. We will be backing the underdog.
Our prediction -Carreno-Busta to win with a (+3) handicap
Hard is not Carreno-Busta's favorite surface, but neither it is Berrettini's. Carreno-Busta definitely can put up a fight against the Italian, which he demonstrated at the Australian Open at the beginning of the year. Take the over.
Second prediction - total over 23 games