World number 10 Matteo Berrettini will take on surprise entrant and Japan’s Taro Daniel in the semifinal of the 2021 Serbia Open on Saturday, April 24. Get the live streaming options of this Matteo Berrettini v Taro Daniel match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Matteo Berrettini v Taro Daniel Head to Head
This is an interesting one. Their only previous match came at the 2018 Istanbul Open on clay and surprise, surprise, Daniel got the better of Berrettini in straight sets in that opening round encounter.
Berrettini Showing Signs of Sparkle
The second seeded Berrettini hadn’t come into this tournament on the back of some very happy times.
Suffering an abdominal strain before his fourth round match at the Australian Open earlier this season, Berrettini withdrew from the encounter. He was then out of action for over two months before making a return to the sport at the Monte-Carlo Masters.
And unfortunately for him, the Italian did not last too long in his opening match against Alejandro Fokina, losing in straight sets to crash out of that competition.
Berrettini has started off rather well in this tournament in Belgrade though. After getting an opening bye, Berrettini crushed the hopes of fellow countryman Marco Cecchinato in second round in straight sets.
And then facing Filip Krajinovic in the quarterfinal, Berrettini took an hour and 29 minutes to carve out a 6-4, 6-4 victory. Such was Berrettini dominace, he faced six break-points in the match and saved all of them hitting nine aces in the process. Berrettini broke his opponent twice to ensure the win.
Daniel Makes Shock Semifinal Entry
Daniel had made it to the main draw of this competition as a lucky loser but since then he has hardly played like either of those two words.
It began with a straight-set win over Joao Sousa in the opening round before he came back from a set down to upset John Millman in the second. And in the quarterfinal, something similar repeated itself as he took two hours and 19 minutes and overcame a set deficit to edge out clay-courter Federico Delbonis.
Delbonis needed just one early break of serve and while he missed out on two set-points on Daniel’s serve, he served out for the set to forge ahead in the match. Daniel got himself an extra break to take a 3-1 lead and then broke again to seal the equaliser.
It was in the final set things got quite interesting. Daniel lost his serve in the fourth game and his fairy-tale seemed to be ending but retaliated with a break in the seventh game that helped him level things out.
And then as Delbonis served in the 11th game, he lost his serve yet again before the Japanese player served it out to complete the shocker.
Daniel’s only previous ATP title had come on clay too and while winning the title would be the last thing on his mind at this stage, he sure would be plotting to use his familiarity with clay and having beaten Berrettini to try and make it to the title-decider.
Berrettini v Daniel Prediction and Tip
Daniel’s 7/2 to win this which is on expected lines but it also gives an opportunity to see a longer match here.
Tip: Berrettini to win AND Over 20.5 games in the match: 7/5 (bet365)