Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada will take on Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania in the first round of the 2021 Vienna Open on Monday, October 25. Get the live streaming options of this Felix Auger-Aliassime v Ricardas Berankis match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Felix Auger-Aliassime v Ricardas Berankis Head to Head
Auger-Aliassime and Berankis have never been involved in a career, head-to-head clash till date. However, both are seasoned campaigners on the Men’s Tour and would have seen enough of each other in action which will enable them to go in with proper game plans for their maiden head-to-head clash on Monday.
Auger-Aliassime Looking to Flip the Form Switch On
After the high of reaching the US Open semifinal, his best-ever showing in a Grand Slam, Auger-Aliassime saw his fortunes take a slight southward dip.
Representing Team World in the prestigious Laver Cup, the Canadian tennis star failed to translate his personal run of form an momentum from the US Open into a successful team campaign at the event, as Team Europe triumphed again to lift the title.
The gloomy outcome in the Laver Cup seemed to have affected his personal form and confidence as he slumped to a opening-round loss at the Indian Wells Masters. He was seen as one of the dark horses for the title after his sensational run at the Flushing Meadows but was well below-par against Albert Amos-Vinolas as he fell to a tame, straight-set defeat to the Spaniard.
In the quest of rediscovering the form that lifted him to the last four of the US Open and the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters which preceded the year’s Last Grand Slam, Auger-Aliassime will open his Vienna campaign against Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.
Though the Canadian, on the evidence of recent form, should fancy going past his opponent without dropping much sweat, these Tour events does have a way of throwing up upsets that are least expected.
Berankis is coming off a semifinal finish at his last event, the Kremlin Cup, and will take the positives from his run into his Vienna opener.
Berankis Hopes to Keep Purple Patch Going
After recording fairly modest finishes at two Challenger events, Berankis came into his own at the Kremlin Cup, reaching the semifinals on the back of a dazzling run of wins.
Currently ranked outside the top-100 in singles, the Lithuanian opened his campaign with a brutal takedown of Dimitri Popko of Kazakhstan and followed up his thumping win with a decidedly more labored victory over Croatian Borna Gojo and a straight-set sweep of Russian Evgeny Donskoy to reach the last 16.
After a sensational upset of experienced Argentine Federico Coria in the last 16, he battled past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the quarter-finals to to storm into the last four.
However, his campaign, which did raise visions of a maiden Tour title, came to tame end courtesy of a 3-6, 4-6 loss to in-form Croat and former US Open champion Marin Cilic in the semifinals.
However, the run of wins would stand him as he launches his Vienna campaign against a formidable rival in Auger-Aliassime on Monday. While not having the experience of playing the Canadian before, Berankis would hope that template that worked wonders for him in Moscow would also help him push for a win in the Austrian capital.
Auger-Aliassime v Berankis Prediction and Tip
While his much superior ranking will Auger-Aliassime a clear edge going into this first-round clash against Berankis on Monday, the Lithuanian is coming off a glittering finish at his last event and should fancy an upset over the Canadian.