World No. 51 Adrian Mannarino of France will take on Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis in the quarterfinal of the 2021 ATP Kremlin Cup on Friday, October 22. Get the live streaming options of this Adrian Mannarino v Ricardas Berankis match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Adrian Mannarino v Ricardas Berankis Head to Head
Mannarino leads 4-2 on the tour and 5-3 overall. Most recently they met thrice in 2018 with Mannarino winning all three of them.
One of Berankis’ two wins over Mannarino came in Moscow in 2017, when he beat the Frenchman to reach the final, only to finish runner-up to Damir Dzhumur.
Mannarino Stuns Top Seed Rublev
France’s Adrian Mannarino saved a match point before pulling off an incredible come-from-behind win over top seed Andrey Rublev on Thursday.
In the last edition of the Kremlin Cup in 2019, Rublev had demolished Mannarino in the final to win the crown. Two years on, Mannarino got his revenge, defeating the World No. 6, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to notch his seventh top 10 victory.
Rublev squandered an opportunity to win the match at 5-6 (30-40) in the second set, allowing the 33-year-old to come back into the contest. Mannarino was in complete control of the third set, not facing a single break point. He got the only break of the set to clinch victory in two hours and 30 minutes.
It was a second consecutive match when Mannarino saved a match point before bouncing back in the contest. He did that against Roman Safiullin in the first round, beating the Russian 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.
With the win, Mannarino is now 12-21 for the season. In what has been a poor year for the Frenchman, it is only the third time he has won two consecutive matches. He did that at the Australian Open, when he bowed out in the third round and in Mallorca — the only time he won three in a row to make the semifinals this year. Can he win three in a row in Moscow?
Given the fact that Moscow brings the best out of him — he was a finalist in 2018 and 2019 and a semifinalist in 2017 — he could well be headed to another semifinal.
Berankis Breezes Past Coria
Runner-up in 2017, Ricardas Berankis is just two wins away from another shot at the title. The Lithuanian, ranked 108th in the world, moved into the quarterfinals with a straight sets drubbing of Argentina’s Federico Coria.
In a dominating performance, Berankis saved all four of the break points that he faced and converted five of 11 to race to a 6-2, 6-1 win in an hour and nine minutes.
It’s only the fourth time this year that Berankis has won back-to-back main draw matches and it will be his first last eight appearance of the season.
The 31-year-old, who had beaten Kazakhstan’s Dmitry Popko in straight sets in the first qualifying round, lost to Croatia’s Borna Gojo in the second round of qualification, yet he made it to the main draw as a lucky loser.
In the first round, he had beaten Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy 6-1, 6-3. Having been broken just once in the first two rounds, it will be interesting to see if he can keep his dominant run going in the quarterfinal.
Mannarino v Berankis Prediction and Tip
It’s a match between two previous finalists, but neither have won the title yet. Interestingly both are solid hard court players and both have been inconsistent this season. And they have reached this stage in contrasting fashions, while Mannarino has battled past the first two opponents, it’s been a breeze for Berankis.
Expect this to be a tight three-setter, with Mannarino emerging victorious again.