The 73rd J. Safrin Sarasin Swiss Open, an ATP 250 event, begins July 18 in Gstaad, Bern, 1050 meters above sea level. Second-seeded Matteo Berrettini will return. The Italian No. 2 will return to a Tour stage a month after his Queens last encore. He is battling Jannik Sinner for the domestic tennis movement and wants to see them both in November in Turin.
BERRETTINI IN 2018 The Roman tennis star must regain shape after missing Wimbledon with Covid. What better tournament than the Swiss to continue? Former No. 6 player won 2018 twice. Defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in doubles and singles. The 34-year-old Valencian may be Matteo’s third td in a potential semifinal. 15th- and 20th-ranked players receive first-round byes. Casper Ruud and Albert Ramos-Vinolas will also play. Barcelona’s left-hander won the penultimate edition of the tournament before it was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Berrettini’s second-round opponents are Richard Gasquet and Roberto Carballes Baena (No. 81 ATP).
SONEGO DEFEATS AZZURRIAN TRADITIONALISTS Gstaad has always been a lucky tournament for Italians, just think of Fabio Fognini’s 2017 triumph (he beat Yannick Hanfmann in the final act) or Andreas Seppi’s 2007 final, which he lost to Paul-Henri Mathieu, not to mention Adriano Panatta’s double final between 1972 and the one he achieved in his magic year, (the ’76), until the victory over Roy Emerson – the 12-time Lorenzo The Turinese must recapture the No. 3 slot in Italy after Davis after dropping in the rankings and losing to Karatsev in Bastad.
Lollo’s first opponent is a qualifier, then Bautista. Despite a good finish at Church Road, the Spaniard was not fantastic in Sweden. Without knowing the first-round opponent, predictions are pointless. We relive Bel Paese’s Swiss competition history to boost Sonny’s confidence. In 1947, Marcello Del Bello won by retirement over Mario Belardinelli, the Technical Director of “Una Squadra”
THIEM ON THE ROAD TO MATTEO – Also at the starting ribbons will be a Dominic Thiem – in the main-draw taking advantage of the protected ranking – refreshed by his performance in Scandinavia this week, which reintroduced him to good levels, but above all by having savored again the taste of victory after more than a year. The Austrian, who defeated Goffin in 2015, will play Hugo Gaston (tds No. 7). Hammer versus Dominator? Blue-only derby would be preferable.