No. 19 seed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain will meet Argentinian qualifier Tomas Martin Etcheverry in the first round of the 2022 Australian Open on Monday, January 17. Get the live streaming options of this Pablo Carreno Busta v Tomas Martin Etcheverry match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Pablo Carreno Busta v Tomas Martin Etcheverry Head to Head
This will be a first meeting between the two.
Carreno Busta Off to a 4-1 Start
World No. 21 Pablo Carreno Busta looked in terrific touch at the season-opening ATP Cup, playing a major role in propelling Spain to the final of the team event, but he will be disappointed with his performance in the summit clash, as he went down to Denis Shapovalov in straight sets in the No. 2 singles.
His teammate Roberto Bautista Agut lost his singles match as well to Felix Auger-Aliassime and Spain had to contend with a runner-up finish for the second time in three years.
Carreno Busta was equally brilliant last year, winning the Olympic bronze by beating Novak Djokovic in the bronze medal match. The 30-year-old also captured the titles in Marbella and Hamburg and finished runner-up in Metz during a 38-18 season.
A two-time U.S. Open semifinalist, the Spaniard hasn’t had much success in Melbourne, reaching the fourth round twice in his eight previous appearances. He was forced to retire with an injury from his third round match against Grigor Dimitrov last year.
At the ATP Cup this year, Carreno Busta won his first four matches in straight sets, easing past Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo; Norway’s Viktor Durasovic; Serbia’s Filip Krajinović and Poland’s Jan Zieliński. But while he dominated lower ranked players, he couldn’t get going against the higher-ranked Shapovalov in the final, a fact that he would be concerned about.
How far can he go at the Australian Open? He should win the first-round match with ease, but will face a stiff challenge in the second round against Fabio Fognini or Tallon Griekspoor. Things will get even tougher from there on as he faces a potential third round against Cameron Norrie or Sebastian Korda.
Etcheverry Qualifes for Maiden Grand Slam
World No. 129 Tomas Martin Etcheverry of Argentina will be making his grand slam debut at the Australian Open after he qualified for the main draw with wins over Belgium’s Kimmer Coppejans, Australia’s Jason Kubler, and Italy’s Flavio Cobolli respectively in the three qualifying rounds. While he needed to dig deep against the first two opponents, he was dominant in the third qualifying match on Friday.
Etcheverry, who made his ATP main draw debut at the Delray Beach Open last year, won his only main draw match at the Cordoba Open later in the season.
The 22-year-old Argentine, who grew up playing on clay surfaces, reached three Challenger finals last year, winning two of them. He may not go beyond the first round, but will see his main draw debut at a Grand Slam as a huge accomplishment and will look to build on that as the season progresses.
Carreno Busta v Etcheverry Prediction and Tip
Carreno Busta will be a heavy favourite against the inexperienced Etcheverry. Expect the Spaniard to advance with a straight sets win.