McDonald vs Berettini
Auckland first round match between McDonald and Berrettini.
Had McDonald not already played two matches in the Auckland qualifiers, I might not have trusted him to stay close to Berrettini here but he did a great job defeating Puetz and Djere in straight sets.
Berrettini has played one match so far this season and it was his straight set loss to Bautista Agut in Doha, which was of course very understandable as Bautista Agut ended up winning the tournament and Berrettini never was supposed to have that big of a chance. Now he's going to face a decent returner in McDonald who has had the opportunity to get accustomed to the surface in Auckland, something I consider a big benefit in the start of the season, and I think he will have some issues. McDonald is solid in rallies and catches many balls while Berrettini is quite immobile being very tall, he isn't known for being good on return. I think we can expect a match with more rallies than usual in a Berrettini match that eventually goes over the 22.5 line. McDonald defeated Djere 7-5 7-6 and it shouldn't come as a surprise if this one ends with similar numbers.
McDonald vs Berettini prediction
|Over 22.5||Pinnacle||1.93||8||19 LOST (-8 units)|