Matteo Berrettini, fresh off a painful absence at Wimbledon, is starting over on red in Gstaad and hoping for a successful North American tour. The second-ranked Italian defeated Richard Gasquet with a very solid and tidy performance, a player he had previously defeated at Flushing Meadows in 2019 during his first extraordinary ride to a Slam semifinal, where he ultimately lost to Nadal.
With a final score of 6-4, 6-4, Berrettini advanced to the quarterfinals of the Swiss ‘250’ thanks to his expert handling of two break points. Gasquet aids in both cause-breaks, Berrettini makes the most of a great opportunity, and calmly, with the serve at his disposal, he resolves the vast majority of challenges.
Despite a longer-than-expected game at 5-4, which is understandable given also the long absence from the circuit and the need to resume the mechanisms on clay, the Italian tennis player does not give up in the closing stages, and he closes at the fourth useful opportunity and hooks at least the challenge with the Spaniard Pedro Martinez.
Thiem’s success is ongoing, as he has also won four sets in Gstaad.
In addition to the semi-finals in Bastad, the quarter-finals will also be held in Gstaad. Dominic Thiem beat Federico Delbonis 7-5, 6-4, setting up a showdown with Varillas, who had earlier broken through in the second set of his match against Roberto Bautista Agut.
This is by far the most impressive win for the Austrian talent since his comeback, after he had suffered six straight defeats to start his career. Notable too was the win of number one seed Casper Ruud, who only needed the barest minimum of effort to overcome the resistance of Czech Lehecka.
Conversely, the extraordinary fairy tale of Francisco Cerundolo (similar in form and substance to that of Fabio Fognini in 2013) continues in Hamburg, as he follows up his first victory on the major circuit, in Bastad, with an extraordinary victory against of Andrey Rublev, last year’s finalist, with a 6-4 6-2 win that actually also leaves little room for interpretation. Credit: Getty Images