Less effective than usual in the service, the Italian number 1 over the Dutch n. 139 in the world 6-3 6-4 7-6
Winning without playing well is one of the strengths of the … strongest. And Matteo Berrettini was not flawless today, with the first one, his lethal weapon, a little blunt and a less aggressive attitude. Despite all the Italian number 1 has completed the second round task at Wimbledon against the Dutch Botic Van De Zandschulp, number 139 in the world, winning 6-4 6-3 7-6 (4).
Match that, as against Pella, could have seemed simpler for Berrettini. Matteo closes the first set with a break for 5-3 in the first set after having however granted the opponent four chances to move forward. Second set in balance until the two break points in the seventh game that allow him to stretch, also thanks to a couple of serious mistakes by the Dutchman. At 5-4 the Dutchman saves two set points but the Italian number 1, without breaking up, completes the 6-4 task. In the third set the Dutchman has the opportunity to snatch the serve from Berrettini who gives too much. The Roman is saved, but VdZ is still aggressive and earns two set points to extend the game. Berrettini does not want to stay too long on the pitch, who decides to play Berrettini in times of difficulty and take the tie break.
Step by step
In short, the important thing is not to break down, not to lose confidence and stay focused, even when the day in the office wasn’t too exciting. Expectations, especially after the victory at Queen’s are high, even from the English public who, (as he had already done in golf with Francesco Molinari), put him under his wing and wants to see him go on: “I have the mentality to get to the end – said Berretto -. But every match is a struggle, really difficult. Now I have to go step by step. I would like to take a long path, but step by step. I know I can do it, but I also know it will be tough “.
July 1, 2021 (change July 1, 2021 | 16:04)
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