Rublev vs Berankis: prediction for the Australian Open match
Andrey Rublev had a very easy start to his Australian Open campaign. In the opening match, the Russian tennis player confidently defeated Gianluca Mager in three straight sets (6-3, 6-2, 6-2). Rublev seems to have fully recovered from covid, and we expect him to do well at the current major. Last year, Rublev reached the quarter-finals here.
Ricardas Berankis arrived in Melbourne at the beginning of 2022. He successfully passed two qualifying matches and reached the second round of the Melbourne Summer Set main draw, where he was eliminated by Rafael Nadal (2-6, 5-7). At the current major tournament, Berankis outplayed Roberto Carballes Baena in five sets (6-1, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4).
In the last 5 matches, Rublev played 3 tie-breaks.
Berankis played over 9.5 games in the first set in 3 of his last 5 matches.
Rublev has recently had covid and this, of course, may affect his performance at the Australian Open. In the opening match, Rublev cruised to victory over Mager, but Berankis is a more difficult opponent. We are expecting a tight fight and suggest taking the over.
Our prediction - total over 31 games
Berankis is in decent form and recently put up a good fight against Nadal. We believe he can maintain the handicap of eight games.
Second prediction - handicap (+8) to Berankis