A pumped-up Matteo Berrettini made an announcement of intent Friday on the US Open, the place he held his nerve to battle previous former World No. 1 and 2012 champion Andy Murray 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(1), 6-3.
The Italian produced a dominant serving show to put the foundations for his three-hour, 46-minute victory. He struck his aggressive forehand by means of the court docket to drive Murray again and recovered from a mid-match dip, rallying from a break down within the fourth set to achieve the fourth spherical in New York for a fourth consecutive yr.
“You study from the previous and study from errors,” Berrettini mentioned when reflecting on the match in his on-court interview. “I wasn’t aggressive sufficient with the break factors [in the third set] however that’s tennis. I feel Andy performed a extremely good set with the intention to not get damaged, however I used to be feeling higher. I had extra probabilities and I believed the identical factor within the fourth set. I had my likelihood and I took it.”
Berrettini now leads Murray 3-1 of their ATP Head2Head collection, having defeated the Scot within the Stuttgart ultimate in June. The thirteenth seed, who reached the semi-finals in Flushing Meadows in 2019, holds a 15-4 report on the hard-court Grand Slam. The 26-year-old will look to style extra success when he subsequent faces Alejandro Davidovich Fokina after the Spaniard defeated Colombian qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Berrettini suffered first-round exits in Montreal and Cincinnati final month, however he has discovered his vary in New York. The Italian moved previous Nicolas Jarry and Hugo Grenier in his opening two matches and is at present as much as No. 13 within the Pepperstone ATP Reside Race To Turin as he appears to be like to complete the season strongly and qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals on house soil in November.
In entrance of a vigorous crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Berrettini fired 18 aces and dictated play along with his forehand. He gained the primary blow in a collection of lung-busting rallies and whereas he was unable to transform any of the eight break level probabilities he had within the third set, the Italian finally wore down a resilient Murray within the fourth set to triumph.
“It’s regular to get tight. That’s what I advised myself after I performed right here towards Gael [Monfils], I double faulted on match level. It’s regular. We care about this,” Berrettini mentioned. “I advised myself subsequent time was going to be extra courageous in a manner and that’s what I attempted to do within the fourth.”
Murray was aiming to achieve the fourth spherical in New York for the primary time since 2016, the season he ended because the year-end No. 1 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
The Scot defeated Francisco Cerundolo and Emilio Nava in his opening two matches and has climbed to No. 43 within the Pepperstone ATP Reside Rankings. The 46-time tour-level titlist Murray was unable to constantly discover his first serve towards Berrettini, although, as he seemed to seize his third High 20 win of the season. Following his defeat, Murray’s five-year wait to achieve the fourth spherical at a serious goes on.