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“It’s the exact opposite”: Matteo Berrettini comments on return to victory
Matteo Berrettini is back on the court after being forced to forfeit at Wimbledon. The Italian was coming off a high when he was forced to withdraw from the tournament of his dreams due to Covid.
In the Swiss tournament in Gstaad, the Italian tennis player is back and better than ever. The tournament’s second seed (Casper Ruud of Norway is the top seed) defeated Richard Gasquet of France, 6-4, in his debut match.
By virtue of this achievement, Matteo advanced to the quarterfinals of the EFG Swiss Open in Gstaad, a tournament he holds in high regard. Berrettini has now beaten the tennis player with the “magic backhand” twice in as many meetings.
Commentary from Berrettini after the game.
After the match, the Italian tennis player expressed his thoughts and feelings in this manner, “This court holds a special place in my heart because it was the site of my first professional tennis championship and because the conditions are so favorable for my game.
Although I just got here from a grass tournament, where the ball is much slower and less bouncy, I really enjoy playing here because the ball is so lively when hit. I feel like my playing style and, in particular, my serve, are perfect for this tournament.
I’ve also heard that there are a lot of Italian tennis players in the crowd rooting for me, so that’s cool.” The Italian tennis player closed out the match in an hour and a half, serving seven aces and having a first-serve percentage of nearly 80%.
Matteo Berrettini’s next opponent is the Spanish tennis player Pedro Martinez, who defeated the Swedish player Ymer in three sets. This year’s success in Gstaad and on grass follows Berrettini’s 2018 title defense, in which he won the tournament without dropping a single set.
The Italian tennis player hopes to beat his friend and rival Jannik Sinner and return to the top ten by the end of the year.