Matteo Berrettini is thrilled with his early success at this year’s tournament in Gstaad because he considers it to be a very meaningful place in his life. When 26-year-old Berrettini beat out Roberto Bautista Agut in the 2018 Gstaad final, he won his first ATP title.
Berrettini made his second appearance at the tournament in Gstaad four years after his first. Second-seeded Berrettini advanced to the quarterfinals after a first-round bye, where he defeated Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4. He will next face fourth-seeded Pedro Martinez.
Berrettini didn’t lose a single service game in the match despite suffering one break of serve in each set. According to the ATP website, Berrettini said, “I have great memories here” during his on-court interview.
My very first victory on the ATP World Tour. These terms suit me just fine. It’s strange, because I’m used to playing on grass and this is the complete opposite, but I do enjoy it when the ball is bouncing around. I feel like it complements my serve and game. More people than usual are coming to show their support for me.
Many Italians were audible to my ears; consequently, my presence here fills me with joy.
First-round victories for Berrettini and Casper Ruud.
Top seed and defending Gstaad champion Ruud was also in action, and he advanced to face Jaume Munar in the quarterfinals by defeating Jiri Lehecka 6-3, 6-4.
As with Berrettini, Ruud won in straight sets by breaking serve once in each set and never losing a service game himself. It was a great match, according to Ruud, who was interviewed right there on the court. With the high altitude and the ball’s ability to soar, the playing conditions here are extremely difficult.
Throughout the day, I felt like I did a good job of serving and returning. I was nervous at the beginning and even faced a few break points, but I managed to pull through and win the first game. The victory felt good.