The Roman overcomes the first obstacle towards the defense of the London tournament with a double 6-3. In the next round possible derby with Sonego, in the remake of the quarter-finals in Stuttgart
The first step towards defending the title at the Queen’s tournament has been made for Matteo Berrettini who, fresh from the success in Stuttgart, brings his streak of consecutive victories to five after returning to competitions. Defeated at the debut the home player Daniel Evans with the score of 6-3 6-3, matured in an hour and 36 minutes of the game. In the next round for the Italian there will be one between compatriot Lorenzo Sonego – met last week in the quarter-finals of the Boss Open – and the American Denis Kudla, on the pitch for the third match of the day on Field 1.
From the very beginning the match offers a varied tennis, made up of rapid net descents on one side and treacherous backs and changes of pace on the other. In the wake of Stuttgart, Matteo “The Hammer” confirms himself as an impregnable fortress in the service and during the first three rounds he leaves just two points to his opponent, also scoring four aces. In the eighth game, the first two break points of the match are presented, with Evans too generous to serve. Once the first occasion has disappeared, it is a double foul by the home player that gives the Roman the opportunity to serve for the partial. Matteo calls, the serve responds once again (even canceling two balls of the counter-break). It turns on 6-3.
The n.31 in the world groans in the dark, which inaugurates the second half with two legal errors and as many double faults, suffering a partial of 4 consecutive games from 4-3 in the previous set. Meanwhile, Matteo’s serve continues to dictate the pace of the match, with 11 aces and 82% of points scored with the first. After the negative streak was interrupted and the score moved (2-1), the British saw in the eighth game a concrete chance of returning to the surface, with four break points granted by the Italian. The N. 10 in the world, however, is once again good at getting out of trouble with the serve and overcoming the fears and difficulties encountered in the longest game of the match, he earns four match points in response, at 5-3. Berrettini reaches the second round of the ATP 500 of Queen’s signing the double break and a double 6-3.
According to Matthew
“The last two games have been very long but that’s the beauty of tennis. We must fight ”, the hot analysis of the Roman tennis player. “We both won a tournament last week, we were confident and today it showed on the pitch. I beat Murray on Sunday and today Evans? I promise I am not angry with you Brits! (laughs, ed). On the contrary, I am very happy to be here. A few months ago I had an operation and getting back on the grass was an important decision. I had some doubts about the surface chosen for the return but now the goal is to win here again ”.
June 14 – 7:05 pm
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