During his match against Casper Ruud in the US Open quarterfinals, Matteo Berrettini acknowledged that pretty much nothing was going well for him. The 13th-seeded Berrettini was eliminated from the US Open on Tuesday after losing to Ruud 6-1 6-4 7-6 (4).
Following the game, Berrettini merely acknowledged that Ruud had a very strong start while he was having trouble in every way. I believe that I gave him the finest start imaginable, according to Berrettini. “He played an incredibly strong match, whilst I played an incredibly weak one.
I wasn’t in the mood to play. I wasn’t in the best of moods. I think he was feeling really good. Best wishes to him.”
A fourth set could have been forced by Berrettini.
Ruud had a commanding lead of 6-1 5-1 after the first 13 games of the tournament, which was an impressive start for him.
Ruud served out the 10th game to take a two-set lead after Berrettini saved three set points in the seventh game and recovered one break in the eighth. After dropping the first two sets, Berrettini took a 3-0 lead early on in the third set, went on to lead 5-2, and had two set points in the eighth game on Ruud’s serve.
However, Berrettini remarkably failed to capitalize on his opportunities as Ruud was able to force a tie-break, which he won to finish the match in a straight sets. Ruud, who might move up to the No. 1 spot in the world, was lauded by Berrettini following the match.
1 following the US Open. He might become the best in the world, according to Berrettini. “He’ll play tennis at a much higher level. He was due to triumph. He did incredibly well on clay, obviously, but on hard courts he missed the first grand slam of the season, I believe. He is deserving of the year he is having.
Congratulations to him; he’s having an amazing season. I’m glad for him. He’s a decent man.”