Matteo Berrettini Ousts Injured Murray To Win Boss Open - UBITENNIS
Connect with us


Matteo Berrettini Ousts Injured Murray To Win Boss Open

A two-and-a-half hour tussle saw the Italian prevail over Murray, who is once again facing concerns about his current fitness heading into a Grand Slam.



Matteo Berrettini has won his first title in almost a year after ousting former world No.1 Andy Murray in the final of the Boss Open on Sunday.


Berrettini, who missed the entire clay swing due to injury, produced some thunderous hitting to prevail 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, over his British rival. Making it the second season in a row he has beaten Murray on the grass after Queen’s last year. In their latest clash, the 26-year-old hit a total of 19 aces and won 72% of his service points. However, towards the end of the marathon match Murray struggled with his movement due to injury.

It feels unbelievable,” said Berrettini. “Coming back from an injury like that, the first surgery of my life and winning the tournament feels even more special.’
“A few years ago (in Stuttgart) I felt that I played one of the best weeks of my life and this one I think I started so so and played better. It feels great.”

Stuttgart was the first tournament Berrettini had played in since March after being sidelined from the Tour in recent weeks due to surgery on his right hand. Taking on three-time Grand Slam champion Murray, the Italian produced an array of blistering shots during what was a highly competitive opener. Three games into the match, Berrettini broke for a 2-1 lead with the help of two consecutive forehand winners. In pole position, the world No.10 was forced to work hard by saving four break points he faced in the following game. The Italian then had a chance to seal the double break when up 40-0 against the Murray serve but the Brit battled back to stay within contention. Continuing to weather the storm, Berrettini held his nerve to seal the 6-4 lead. Closing the set out with yet another forehand cross-court winner.

Despite being behind, a fired-up and highly animated Murray continued to urge himself on with shouts of ‘come on.’ It was the first ATP Tour final he had played in since Antwerp 2019 and his 70th overall. He was also not afraid to express his frustration after some points.

“What are you trying to do on the ball mate? You’re trying to do so much and it’s unnecessary,” Murray was heard saying on court during the early stages of the second set.
“You’re thinking about the ball coming at 5000 miles an hour through the court and it’s not.”

Locked at 4-4 in the second frame, Berrettini had a series of golden opportunities to break for a chance to serve the match out during a roller-coaster game. Murray kicked the net out of frustration when a backhand of his drifted long and then a second mistake moved him to a 15-40 deficit before he drew level. Berrettini also had a third chance to break but failed to convert. To add to the drama there was a very brief delay between two points due to a medical situation in the crowd.

Murray’s resilience soon paid off as he went on to force the match into a decider. Leading 6-5 he capitalized on an erratic Berrettini service game where he produced a series of costly errors. A double fault handed Murray his first set point of the match which he converted with the help of another mistake from across the court. Prompting him to let out a huge roar of ‘let’s go’ towards his entourage in the crowd.

“It was really tough to digest,” Berrettini said of his mid-match blip. “I felt the momentum in that part of the match and then Andy was able to serve well. To take the chances.’
“Then we went into the third set and I said to myself ‘ok I just had to fight.

However, Murray’s momentum was short lived when he dropped serve to love at the start of the decider before requesting a medical time out for work on his left groin/hip region. Despite having a second time out later in the set during the middle of a game, it was visible that the Brit could no longer play at the level of intensity he was. Raising concerts over his fitness heading into Wimbledon. Meanwhile, Berrettini sealed victory on his second match point at the expense of a Murray backhand error.

“This is not the way we wanted to finish the match. Oh course he’s (Murray) hurt and I feel sorry for him. He has shown us so many times how to come back and I think I have even learned a little bit from him. What he has achieved in his career for me it is an honour to play against him.” The Italian said in tribute.

During his on-court interview Murray didn’t speak about his new injury. Instead, he said he hopes to return to the German city once again – if he is able to do so.

“There’s been a lot of progress the last few weeks. I’m looking forward to what the future has to hold. I’m feeling a lot better about my game and hopefully my body can hold up a little bit longer so I can play more matches like this,” he commented.

Stuttgart in the ninth ATP title Berrettini has won in his career.


Alexander Zverev Deserves More Respect According To Boris Becker

According to Boris Becker, Alexander Zverev deserves more respect from tennis journalists.



Alexander Zverev (@WeAreTennis - Twitter)

Boris Becker has claimed that Alexander Zverev deserves more respect despite Zverev failing to live up to his potential at Grand Slams.


Zverev has only reached one Grand Slam final in his career despite being a regular inside the world’s top ten as well as performing at regular ATP events.

This season Zverev played a limited schedule after recovering from an ankle injury but still managed to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals.

However most critics have been loud when judging Zverev’s career as it was looking likely that he would be a regular Grand Slam champion.

The German has failed to live up to expectations but former Grand Slam champion Boris Becker believes Zverev deserves more respect.

Speaking to Eurosport Becker also said that Zverev’s father being the coach is a more than successful approach when it comes to the former US Open finalist’s career, “In my opinion, he doesn’t get enough respect from the tennis experts internationally,” Becker explained.

“They’re all talking about the young three or four, but don’t give Zverev, Medvedev or Rublev enough respect. He’s playing with his fist in his pocket a little bit, wants everyone show that he is not a thing of the past, but that his best time is yet to come.

“Surely his father knows best what is good for his son, but if you look into the box at the competition, you can also see changes.”

Becker has followed Zverev for most of his career so knows that the best is yet to come from the German.

Alexander Zverev will look to prove himself next season when he starts his 2024 season when he represents Germany at the United Cup.

Continue Reading


Juan Carlos Ferrero Analyses Key Areas For Carlos Alcaraz’s Development

Juan Carlos Ferrero has outlined the next steps in Carlos Alcaraz’s development.



(@tennisnewsbrazil - Twitter)

Carlos Alcaraz’s coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero has analysed the key areas for the Spaniard’s development heading into the 2024 season.


The former world number one’s season has come to an end after a successful year which saw him win the Wimbledon title as well as winning two Masters 1000 titles.

Alcaraz capped off an incredible season by reaching the semi-finals at the Nitto ATP Finals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.

However there is a long way for the Spaniard to go if he wants to consistently go toe-to-toe with Novak Djokovic.

Speaking to Marca Alcaraz’s coach Juan Carlos Ferrero spoke about the Spaniard’s development and said that Alcaraz is too emotional, “Be more regular in games, not open doors. Sometimes there are mistakes and it is something that we have to improve a lot,” Ferrero commented.

“Although it is true that he opens doors, he always competes well and at the highest level. He knows it, the other day he already said that Novak doesn’t give you one. He has to improve his decision making and he will achieve that with experience. Carlos is very emotional and that sometimes helps him and other times not so much.”

It’s clear Alcaraz’s high-quality is there but to consistently do it against Djokovic is another task altogether as the Spaniard looks to go from strength-to strength next season.

One area that is clearly a priority for Alcaraz is physical conditioning especially considering what happened against Djokovic at Roland Garros earlier in the season.

Ferrero said that will be a clear focus heading into 2024 but couldn’t guarantee that Alcaraz will play a tournament before the Australian Open, “Because of the year and the fatigue he has been in, what he needs is rest and disconnecting for 8-10 days with his friends,” Ferrero stated.

“From there, the thinking must go back to working really hard, strong and well to start very strongly in Australia. One can never be sure of that. Sometimes you play a tournament and it doesn’t go well, you left home too early. There are many ways of thinking.

“This year we haven’t played Australia and he finishes number two. That means there is no urgency to play a tournament early. Carlos is a player who enters competition quickly, you don’t usually see him without rhythm.

“Although it is true that he becomes more dangerous from the round of 16, from the quarter-finals. I am confident that the two exhibition matches and the training sessions will help us play a good tournament.”

Alcaraz will be looking to play the Australian Open which starts on the 15th of January after the Spaniard missed last year’s tournament due to a leg injury.

Continue Reading


Australian Open Chief Confident Nadal Will Play But Kyrgios’ Participation Uncertain



Nadal RG 2022 by Night (foto @RolandGarros)

The tournament director of the Australian Open says he is ‘certain’ that Rafael Nadal will play at the Grand Slam even though the Spaniard has yet to outline his comeback plans. 


Craig Tiley told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday he hopes to receive some clarity over Nadal’s intentions in the next couple of weeks but is confident he will play. However, the tennis official had previously claimed in October that the former world No.1 had already committed to play in the event before his team denied that statement.  

Nadal, who has won 22 Grand Slam titles, hasn’t played a Tour match since his second round defeat at the Australian Open in January due to a hip injury. He was originally expecting to take an eight-week break but the recovery didn’t go to plan and he ended up having surgery. In May he confirmed that he will take an extended break from the sport to heal his body and admitted that retirement next year is a possibility.

“Rafa has been training, I follow him closely, probably every day because he’s a massive drawcard for us,” the Reuters News Agency quoted Tiley as saying. 
“He wants to play, he’s obviously planning on playing. It all depends on how he pulls up.
“Hopefully in the next week or the next two weeks, we get some specific confirmation of that. I’m certain Rafa will be here because he’s not going to want to miss the opportunity to repeat what he did a couple of years ago.”

Earlier this month Nadal confirmed that he intends to return to the Tour but admits that he will continue to experience a degree of pain. Although he has yet to give any information about which tournament he will begin his comeback at. The 2024 season begins during the first week of January.

“I’m well, training, and happy. I’m at a good stage of my life,” quoted Nadal as telling reporters in Barcelona.
“Until now I didn’t know if I would play tennis again someday, and now I genuinely believe I will. I’m still not ready to say when, but I’m able to train increasingly longer, and the progress is good.’

Will Kyrgios play?

Another player Tiley is eager to welcome back is home player and former Wimbledon Finalist Nick Kyrgios who has only played one Tour-level match this season due to injury. He underwent knee surgery in January and then tore a ligament in his wrist during the summer. As a result, the Australian currently doesn’t have an ATP ranking due to his inactivity. 

“We have spoken to Nick, and he obviously wants to do the best he possibly can to give him the best chance to play in January,” Tiley said of Kyrgios.
“Whether he’s playing, whether he’s doing something else, Nick will be here in January and to get him to play will be great. But we’ve got to take it as it comes and he’s got to make sure he takes care of his health …” 

Kyrgios recently worked as an analyst for the Tennis Channel during this year’s ATP Finals in Turin and gave a brief update on his ongoing recovery during a segment. 

“After last year, I had such a great year, and I’m so hungry to get back out there,” the 2022 Wimbledon finalist commented.
“So I’m doing everything I can to get back out there. Obviously, you know how injuries are every day, just doing the rehab, doing the gym work.”

The Australian Open will begin on Sunday 14th January. Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka are the defending champions. 

Continue Reading