Seeded No. 5 in Stuttgart, Nikoloz Basilashvili qualified for the round of 16 by beating Lorenzo Musetti in straight sets and will face Nick Kyrgios. For his part, Matteo Berrettini (n°2) made a successful return to competition, for his first match since Indian Wells.
He is back ! Absent from the courts since mid-March, due to a hand injury which required an operation, and which took him down from 6th to 10th place in the world, Matteo Berrettini made his return to competition this Wednesday, at the grass tournament in Stuttgart, whose main sponsor is none other than its equipment supplier. The 26-year-old Italian player, seeded n°2, won in three sets against Radu Albot (121st), on this surface which he really appreciates, he who played in the Wimbledon final last year. Berrettini prevailed 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, in that match where he served 21 aces and 72% of first serves and lost serve only once. The world No. 10 won the first set by breaking at 1-0 and 5-2, then missed several break points in the second and ended up giving up his face-off at 3-3. But the Roman recovered well, in turn saving three break points at the start of the third set, before breaking at 2-1 and winning without shaking. Next opponent: Sonego or Struff.
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Basilashvili holds his rank
Eliminated in the second round at Roland-Garros, world No. 26 Nikoloz Basilashvili started his season on grass well, with a victory over Lorenzo Musetti for his entry into the running in Stuttgart, where he is seeded No. 5. The Georgian won 7-5, 6-3 in 1h29 for his very first confrontation against the Italian, who won the Forli Clay Challenger on Sunday, after being beaten in the first round of Roland-Garros in five sets against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Basilashvili, author of 56% of first serves, was not broken in this match, saving his opponent’s two chances (both while leading 2-0 in the second set). The Georgian broke at 6-5 in the first set and 1-0 in the second to win and earn a round of 16 against Nick Kyrgios, who had left him only three games in their only meeting, in Beijing in 2017.
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