In the first round of the Australian Open 2023, Matteo Berrettini‘s progress was halted. In a match that lasted nearly five hours, Andy Murray defeated the Italian tennis player in the fifth set super tie-break.
The Italian has always been able to bounce back from difficult situations, and he will attempt to do so again in the upcoming competitions. “The trip to Melbourne was brief and in no way enjoyable. But as always, I’ll use what I’ve learned and improve going forward.
We appreciate all of your help and good words. I can’t wait to compete once more on the court soon “Berrettini posted something on his Instagram page. The blue was harshly penalized by the false start, falling behind by two sets and earning a double 6-3.
The response from Berrettini didn’t take long to manifest: one by one, the 26-year-old created all the circumstances necessary to harbor hopes of a comeback.
Andy Murray eliminated Matteo Berrettini in Melbourne.
In the dying moments of the fifth set, the Italian earned himself a crucial match point, which he promptly wasted by putting a confident backhand into the net.
During the decisive super tie-break, which ended with a score of 10-6, Murray used all of his expertise to his advantage and showed off his strength. The second-round battle between the former world number one and Thanasi Kokkinakis ended after 4 a.m. and ended up being the second-longest match in Australian Open history.
Berrettini will leave the top 20 after three and a half years, which is significant given the semifinal he reached in Melbourne last year and the significant points he will lose in the standings. The Italian tennis player is still unsure of the tournament he will play in next, but it seems likely that he will compete before the away match against the United States and the Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami.
To return to his rightful positions, Berrettini will need to be adept at handling this delicate situation and move up the rankings.