Seventh seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy will meet Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene in the third round of the 2021 Wimbledon on Saturday, July 3. Get the live streaming options of this Matteo Berrettini v Aljaz Bedene match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Matteo Berrettini v Aljaz Bedene Head to Head
Berrettini leads 2-1 against Bedene.
The Slovenian won the first encounter in Budapest in 2018. Berrettini got his revenge in the same tournament the following year and then won their only meeting at Wimbledon in 2019.
Berrettini Ends de Zandschulp’s Run
Italy’s Matteo Berrettini continued his unbeaten run on grass this season as he reached the third round at Wimbledon with a straight sets win over Dutch qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp.
Ranked No. 9 in the world, the Italian, who won the title at Queen’s last month, improved to 7-0 on grass this season with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) win on Thursday.
Having saved all break points in the match, Berrettini served 20 aces and 39 winners, breaking his opponent twice to wrap up the contest in two hours and 15 minutes.
The Italian had begun his Wimbledon challenge with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Argentina’s Guido Pella on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old is having a terrific year, having reached three finals this year and won two of them to take his tally to five career titles.
Berrettini beat Aslan Karatsev in the Belgrade final and Cam Norrie for the title at Queen’s last month. The Italian, who improved to 28-6 in 2021 after Thursday’s win, also made it to a first Masters 1000 final this year, playing for the title in Madrid but going down to Alexander Zverev.
The Italian had similar stats in the first two rounds, but got broken once and had a set taken by Pella in the opening round.
Bedene Flies Past First Two Opponents
Facing Berrettini will be Aljaz Bedene who flew past the first two rounds to reach the third round at Wimbledon for a second time in his career.
The Slovenian right-hander had needed an hour and 43 minutes to beat France’s Corentin Moutet 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 in the first round and an hour and 26 minutes to defeat Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 6-0, 6-2.
Broken once by Moutet, Bedene saved four break points in the first round. He, however, didn’t face a break point against the Japanese, converting seven of nine in the second round on Thursday.
Bedene, who made first-round exits at Queen’s and Eastbourne, improved to 15-12 this year, reaching the quarterfinals in Cagliari and Lyon, before falling to Taylor Fritz and Lorenzo Musetti respectively.
Yet to win a career title, the 31-year-old is a four-time finalist, losing to Stan Wawrinka in Chennai in 2015, Lucas Pouille in Hungary in 2017, Dominic Thiem in Argentina in 2018 and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Moselle in 2019.
He has never gone past the third round of a Grand Slam and was beaten by Berrettini in the opening round at Wimbledon in 2019.
Berrettini v Bedene Prediction and Tip
The past three matches between the two have been highly competitive and one can expect this contest to be a hard fought one as well. Bedene’s struck good form at Wimbledon but Berrettini is in an even better form and it will take a massive effort from the Slovenian to stop the Italian from progressing.