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Italian Sensation Matteo Berrettini Draws Praise From Former Tennis Stars

Boris Becker and Alex Corretja give their opinions on the world No.25 ahead of his clash with Rafael Nadal.



The fairytale run by Matteo Berrettini at the US Open could be a sign of things to come, according to former world No.1 Boris Becker.


The 23-year-old has become the first Italian man to reach the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows since 1977. He secured the spot after outlasting France’s Gael Monfils in a five-set thriller that took place on Wednesday. Continuing a remarkable run for a player who had previously never gone beyond the fourth round of a major until now.

There have been signs that the world No.25 was on the way up. This season he has already won two ATP titles in Stuttgart and Budapest. He broke into the world’s top 50 for the first time in February before rising to a best position of 20th four months later. During this season, Berrettini has also achieved three wins over top 10 players by defeating Karen Khachanov twice and Alexander Zverev once.

“He deserves to win. I think Berrettini was the better player because he was physically stronger.” Becker commented about Berrettini’s win over Monfils on Eurosport.
“I think he is an extremely talented young player. For me, his performance is no surprise, and he won’t be a one-hit wonder. If he follows his path, he will become a top-10 player.”

Perhaps the best way to measure the current level of the rising star will be in his upcoming clash with Rafael Nadal at the US Open. It will be the first meeting between the two players and only Berrettini’s second encounter with a member of the Big Three. His first was at Wimbledon against Roger Federer where he could only win five games.

Former world No.2 Alex Corretja has cast doubts on the Italian’s chances against the King of clay. Corretja, who once coached Andy Murray and was the captain of the Spanish Davis Cup team, believes he lacks the weapons to harm his compatriot on the court.

“Matteo Berrettini has impressed me so much the way he has been playing. He has been hitting the ball so hard from the forehand side, big serve, mixing it up very well with the backhand slice.” Said Corretja.
“But I think he is going to struggle with Rafa’s movement, Rafa will move faster than him. He is going to open the court up to his forehand and find his backhand. When you slice to Rafa, it can’t hurt him too much.’
“I think Matteo will need to serve well and he will need to attack as much as he can and be aggressive. Hopefully physically he will have recovered from Monfils match. I am expecting a good match, but I think Rafa has the edge to win it.”

Berrettini is bidding to become the man from his country to reach the final of the US Open, which is in its 139th edition. Only two Italian men have ever won a major title – Nicola Pietrangeli (French Open 1959, 1960) and Adriano Panatta (French Open 1976).


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Pierre Hugues Herbert to reach the quarter finals in Metz



Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-3 6-4 in an all French head-to-head match to reach the quarter finals at the Moselle Open in Metz.


Tsonga won 82 % of his first serve points and fended off all three set points to reach the quarter finals. He broke in the the fourth game of the opening set and in the first game of the second set to seal the win.

Tsonga has improved his winning record to 4-0 in his four head-to-head matches against Herbert.

Tsonga set up a quarter final against Nikoloz Basilashvili, who came back from 4-6 down in the tie-break of the second set to beat German qualifier Yannick Maden 6-2 7-6 (8-6). Tsonga and Basilashvili tied 1-1 in their head-to-head matches, but the Georgian player beat his French rival won their most recent clash in Lyon last May.

Lucas Pouille cruised past this year’s Antalya champion Lorenzo Sonego 6-1 6-4 setting up a quarter final against Filip Krajinovic. Pouille raced out the last five games of the first set and fended off both break points he faced. The Frenchman broke twice in a row in the fourth and sixth game to win the first set 6-1. Pouille rallied from 15-40 down to break serve in the seventh game at deuce. He served out the win after saving two break points in the 10th game.

Pablo Carreno Busta upset David Goffin 6-3 6-2 with four breaks of serve avenging his recent defeat against the Belgian player. Carreno Busta set up a quarter final against Aljaz Bedene, who beat Gilles Simon 7-6 (11-9) 6-2. The Slovenian player fended off two set points at 5-6 and at 7-8 in the tie-break of the first set and won the first four points of the second set en route to closing out the second set 6-2.



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Daniil Medvedev Scores Sponsorship Deal With BMW

The 23-year-old is set to attend a series of activities organised by the car manufacturer over the coming months.



Daniil Medvedev’s recent surge in success on the tour seems to be also boosting his profile away from the court after he teamed up with car manufacturer BMW.


The world No.4 will take part in a series of activities involving the Russian branch of the BMW company in both his home country and abroad. A contract was signed earlier this week following a meeting in St Petersburg, where Medvedev is playing his latest competition on the ATP Tour. He has agreed to feature in a series of campaigns promoting the BMW M, which specialises in sports cars. No financial details of the contract have been published.

“BMW M is BMW’s fastest, most powerful and most innovative sports car. And Daniil Medvedev is the brightest and most titled Russian tennis player right now.” The director general of BMW Russia, Stefan Teuchert, said in a statement.
“On the tennis court, Medvedev demonstrates qualities typical of BMW sports cars – speed, power, intelligence and a strong character. We are glad that we managed to agree on cooperation, and we look forward to future joint projects.”

23-year-old Medvedev has triggered a surge of interest in him following his summer breakthrough. Prior to the final grand slam of the season, he reached three consecutive finals in Washington, Canada and Cincinnati. Becoming only the third man in history to do after Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi. It was in Cincinnati where he won his first Masters title. Then at the US Open, Medvedev finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal after contesting a five-set epic against the Spaniard.

Medvedev will be hoping to continue his surge of form this week at the St Petersburg Open where he is the top seed. He is yet to contest an ATP final on Russian territory. However, the rising star has stated that his recent surge in success has given him extra belief on the tour.

“I have become convinced: when I am in good shape, I can beat anyone, or at least give a fight. It is most important. I seemed to know this before, but was not completely sure. Now I know this for sure.” Medvedev said during an interview with Sport Express.

According to the ATP, Medvedev has been the most successful player in indoor tournaments on the Tour within the past 52 weeks. Claiming two trophies and winning 22 matches overall. Giving him a 0.786 winning percentage.

He will open up his campaign in St Petersburg on Thursday against compatriot Evgeny Donskoy.

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Casper Ruud beats Alexander Bublik to win his first indoor match in St. Petersburg



Norway’s Casper Ruud came back from one set down to beat Alexander Bublik 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-2 at the St. Petersburg Open to win his first win at an indoor ATP Tour tournament.


Bublik got the first break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ruud broke staright back to draw level to 4-4. The first set went on serve until the tie-break which Bublik sealed 7-3 on his first set point. Ruud earned the only break in the third game to win the second set 6-3.

Ruud reeled off the final five games from 1-2 with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games to set up a second round match against Italy’s Salvatore Caruso, who rallied from one set down to beat his compatriot Thomas Fabbiano 2-6 6-3 6-3.

Mikhail Kukushkin came back from 2-4 down in the first set to beat 2017 St. Petersburg champion Damir Dzumhur 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 to secure his spot in the quarter finals.

Russian qualifier Egor Gerasimov cruised past Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-1.

Marton Fucsovics came back from 1-5 down in the first set and fended off five set points to beat Alexey Vatutin 7-5 6-1 setting up a match against Borna Coric.

Joao Sousa cruised past Jozef Kovalik 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-3 without dropping a set to set up a second round match against second seed Karen Khachanov.



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