2021 Italian Open First Round – Matteo Berrettini vs Nikoloz Basilashvili Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Matteo Berrettini vs Nikoloz Basilashvili taking place? Foro Italico, Rome, Italy

When is Matteo Berrettini vs Nikoloz Basilashvili on and what time does it start? Tuesday 11th May, 2021 – Not before 10:15 (UK)

What surface is Matteo Berrettini vs Nikoloz Basilashvili being played on? Clay (outdoor)

Where can I get tickets for Matteo Berrettini vs Nikoloz Basilashvili? Click here for the latest ticket information

What channel is Matteo Berrettini vs Nikoloz Basilashvili on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Matteo Berrettini vs Nikoloz Basilashvili in the UK? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match live on Prime Video. Tennis TV subscribers can also stream the match live

THE PREDICTION

World number nine Matteo Berrettini took the first set in his first ever Masters final on Sunday but eventually finished runner-up to a masterful performance by Alexander Zverev at the Madrid Open. The Italian had won the Serbia Open the week previous and should be able to continue that excellent form through to a home tournament he will be expected to perform well at but the disappointment on Sunday will have to be managed. He will face Nikoloz Basliashvili for a fourth time and leads their head-to-head record 2-1, though Baslashvili was the winner of their only previous clay encounter. World number 30 Basilashvili has had a weird season to say the least having won two ATP titles whilst also struggling for consistency on tour but he should find this tie too difficult on Tuesday morning. Berrettini was superb all last week, even in defeat in the final, and the Italian will be a player to watch for a deep run again here in Rome. Take the 25-year-old to win in straight sets.

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