Fixture: (7) Matteo Berrettini vs (19) Pablo Carreno Busta
Date: 23 January 2022
Round: Fourth round (Round of 16)
Venue: Melbourne, Australia
Category: Grand Slam
Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt
Prize money: $75,000,000
Match timing: Approx. 9 pm local time, 10 am GMT, 3.30 pm IST
Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel | UK - Eurosport | India - Sony Six, Sony Liv
Matteo Berrettini vs Pablo Carreno Busta preview
Matteo Berrettini and Pablo Carreno Busta will lock horns in an exciting fourth-round encounter at the 2022 Australian Open on Sunday.
Berrettini, the seventh seed, had to battle hard for his spot in the last 16. The Italian needed over four hours to outlast Carlos Alcaraz in an epic five-set contest.
Having had to fight past Brandon Nakashima and Stefan Kozlov in his first two matches, Berrettini will be hoping for an easy outing in the fourth round, but he is unlikely to get one.
Carreno Busta ousted Sebastian Korda in his previous match. The Spaniard held firm in the face of a spirited fightback from his American opponent and managed to close out the match in four sets, winning 6-4, 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-3.
He will now be looking to book a spot in his first-ever Australian Open quarterfinal.
Matteo Berrettini vs Pablo Carreno Busta head-to-head
This will be the first career meeting between Matteo Berrettini and Pablo Carreno Busta, so their current head-to-head stands at a 0-0 deadlock.
Matteo Berrettini vs Pablo Carreno Busta prediction
Matteo Berrettini's powerful game has worked well on the Australian hardcourts this week. The Italian has managed to power his way past talented players in Alcaraz and Nakashima.
The Italian's serve and forehand have dealt a huge amount of damage and he will step out against Carreno Busta looking to take control of the encounter.
Carreno Busta, for his part, has been solid on return throughout the week. His win percentage on Korda's second serve was an impressive 55% and he will have to produce similar numbers against Berrettini.
The Italian will enter this contest as a slight favorite and as long as he can maintain a steady level, he should be able to come through.
Prediction: Matteo Berrettini to win in four sets
Also check out: Complete Australian Open 2022 results