Stick for Italy for the withdrawal of Berrettini against Zverev

The ATP Finals started in the worst possible way for Italy, who almost certainly lost Matteo Berrettini for the remainder of the championship. The Roman tennis player, very nervous in front of his compatriots at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, had to withdraw due to an abdominal injury (which already hurt him this year at the Australian Open), for which he had been treated before, when he lost by 7-6 (7) and 1-0 after 1h41 against Alexander Zverev. Until then, he had fought to death in a brilliant first set.

The trouble for the host country is that if Berrettini does not recover, his replacement will be another transalpine, Jannik Sinner. There is no official announcement yet, but it seems very difficult for Matteo, despite his 25 years, to recover from such an ailment, which would prevent him from executing his best weapon, the serve, with solvency.

The world number seven came out over-motivated to the track and had options to win the first set, but the tiebreaker was reached and in that luck Zverev surpassed him, which was splendid when his rival had to leave in tears. He consoled him and later said that he was “very sad” about the way he had to leave in a tournament “which was a prize for a whole season.” Until that moment, the German, third seed, had been slightly superior, who had added 21 winners. (10 from direct service) and made only nine unforced errors. Zverev will meet Medvedev on Tuesday, and Berrettini or Sinner will meet Hurkacz.

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