Before their Gstaad match, Matteo Berrettini sings Dominic Thiem’s praises.

After falling behind in the tie-break, Berrettini won six straight points to force a decisive set. Berrettini defeated Martinez 3-6 7-6 (5) 6-1 after the latter had blown a two-set lead.

The game of tennis can be all that’s needed to clear your head. It’s an extreme sport, for sure. When I got to 1/5, I thought it was over. Berrettini said in an on-court interview, as reported on the ATP website, “then I played two good points and it was 3/5 and I thought let’s try.”

I don’t think this was my finest hour in a tennis match. But there are times when you need to win despite playing poorly. I mustered the strength to get through it and am relieved to have done so.

When it comes down to it, Berrettini and Dominic Thiem will square off in the Gstaad final.

Thiem advanced to his first ATP semifinal since the 2021 Madrid Masters on Friday with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Juan Pablo Varillas.

“Dominic’s career has been phenomenal,” Berrettini remarked. He’s a Slam winner who was injured, but he’s on the mend and will be back soon. It will be a challenging match because from what I saw of him today, he seems to be getting back to his old form.

We always have exciting games, so tomorrow should be no different. In the semifinals of Gstaad, Berrettini and Thiem will meet for the sixth time. Berrettini holds the upper hand in their head-to-head matchups, having triumphed three times out of five.