Wimbledon: Granitic Berrettini, dominates Bedene in three sets and flies to the second round

Matteo Berrettini at the Championships

An excellent Matteo Berrettini imposes his class and power by dominating Aljaz Bedene in the third round of the Championships, 6-4 6-4 6-4 the score of the match. Only one break per set for the blue, but on the pitch the difference between the two seemed clear. Practically unplayable Berrettini in his service rounds: he lost only three points (!) In the first set in his batting games, seven in the second and four in the third. A statistic that explains how wide the gap between the two was. Excellent service, especially with the second ball today really impressive (he lost only 5 points with the second serve, an exceptional figure). He dominated with the right, at times devastating, he controlled the match without giving the feeling of pushing hard. Bedene was objectively inferior, unable to affect the response and dominated in the exchanges in which he gave the blue time to turn on the forehand. A solid and convincing performance for Matteo, which leads him to the second round of the Championships. On Monday he will face the winner of Ivashka vs. Thompson.

There is not much more to comment on Berrettini’s performance. He was favorite, the important thing was to win “well”, without physical obstacles and without making too much effort. In fact, the feeling that the blue could have pushed harder in response and closed even earlier. But he persistently sought that blocked answer – above all with the right – which still needs to be refined to give stability and security to the shot. Doing it in a match is best, because you test the shot under the stress of the score and in match conditions. He probably could have sprinted more, been even more incisive with the forehand, but as the greats teach … why squeeze too much in a game you can win by playing with the throttle at idle The energies, physical and mental, are always a scarce good, better to keep them for important matches, later in the tournament.

Berrettini served by scoring 81% of points both with the 1st service and with the 2nd, given this very remarkable. The effectiveness of the second ball was the most important factor of the match. Under maximum stress, it is possible that the first ball could go haywire, even if your name is Matteo Berrettini and you have a serve. “Of the madonna”. Being able to close the point with very good safety even with the second ball is the catapult towards the great matches, those in which the fate of the tournament will be decided. He only had a difficult moment at the start of the second set. Two break points immediately canceled with a series of terrifying serves. Then total control.

It is useless to go around it: such an effective, serene and well prepared Berrettini is absolutely ready to play with everyone in the tournament. Without fear, without arrogance but with the belief that you have everything you need to beat anyone. It will be important in the next round to see if he can keep the intensity in the service games so high, because if the rival is Ivashka he will never have to be distracted from the serve as the other is quite constant in his turns, and even just one break immediately. could prove fatal in a set.

Berrettini & Sonego, even at Wimbledon it is always Grande Italia!

Marco Mazzoni

The match report

The match starts with Bedene at the bar. Ace, best way to start his game. At zero he wins the first game. Matteo to serve. Ace, 134 miles… arm already warm. Another Ace, both in the center, impregnable. Even the blue at zero moves the score, very fast in taking the initiative. The set flows away on the service games, almost does not switch. In the fifth game he starts with a double fault Aljaz and then an error, 0-30. Small chance for the blue, but his answers fly away (on the first well addressed but not so impregnable). We go to the advantages, Bedene remains solid and thanks to a bad rebound he goes 3-2. Berrettini is a machine in service, he has not yet lost a point in his games. 3 even. Seventh game, Matteo responds blocked on 15 all, Bedene makes a mistake, then the blue finds a perfect backhand passer along the line, to punish an attack that is too soft. 15-40 first break points of the match. The blue risks on the second ball, but the answer dies on the net; Aljaz’s perfect attack to cancel the second chance. Bad Bedene with the right from the bottom (first cue, then error), here is the third break point for Berrettini. Ace Bedene. Suddenly it starts to rain, the game stops, 3 even and even advantage, with three PB not exploited by the blue.

The match restarts at 2.10 pm, after 1 hour and 45 minutes of stop, with an Ace from the Slovenian, who between errors and accelerations wins the game and moves forward 4-3. Berrettini starts badly again at the bar after the stop, he sticks a backhand, he is the first point lost in the service in the whole match. Luckily it’s only a moment: followed by an Ace with the second ball (the sixth in total) and a broadside with the forehand. 4 all, well with the second serve. Fifth game, Matteo is patient, he works in the exchange and with a deadly forehand and a series of backhands he takes him 15-40, another two break points. On the first one shoots a right in the net; on the second he finds a blocked response with a malignant right, the ball bounces very low and Bedene “wraps himself” in replaying it. BREAk Berrettini serves on 5-4 for the first set. A fury Matteo with the forehand, the second very loaded ball puts Aljaz in serious difficulty in response. 40-0 and Three Set Points. He sends wide with the right on the first Matthew, out of balance; Ace on the second. 6-4 Berrettini, in 35 minutes of play. A break but a number is impressive: he lost THREE points in the service rounds, despite a 52% of firsts in the field, a number not very high for him.

Second set, Bedene at the bar and immediately goes into crisis, 15-30. Finally he finds three good first serve, and snatches the first game. Berrettini also misses a couple of shots and finds himself 15-30 on service. A good response between the feet of the blue brings the Slovenian to 15-40, first break points for him. The first does not go in this game, but the second is very strong from the right, 30-40. From the left … ACE, to put the rival “in place”. Other Ace, 135 mph, impregnable; other Ace. Three service blows for 1 equal. On the thrust of the positive moment, Matteo pushes hard with the right and the difference with Bedene on the right is enormous. Aljaz makes a mistake, Matteo forces successfully. 0-40, three break points for Berrettini. A malicious back of the blue puts the rival in crisis. BREAk Berrettini, 8 points in a row that lead him 2-1 and service. The consecutive points become 12 and then 13, in total control the blue. Bedene does not collapse, he remains in the wake of the set, but the Roman at bat is perfect and when he manages to turn on the forehand in the return games he literally “holes in the ground”. Bedene tries to force the exchange on Matteo’s backhand, but he is good at cutting, buying time and then turning to push. With another broadside with the right along the line, Berrettini gets two break points at 15-40 in the seventh game. Bene Bedene serving on the first; Matteo misses a banal reverse on the second. Aljaz is saved, the score 3-4. In the eighth game Matteo gets distracted, plays a couple of points with too much confidence and goes to the advantages (for the 2nd time in the match). The first service returns to travel, 5-3 Berrettini. The blue closes 6-4, with the 14th Ace of the match (two consecutive), the blue in control. It serves 2 firsts out of 3 in the field, making twice as many winning shots but above all giving the clear feeling of superiority, of control of the match. In total Bedene scored 10 points in response (6 on the 1st, 4 on the 2nd ball).

Third set, Bedene starts serving to try to extend the match, but immediately misses the first right (Aljaz hurt today with this shot). On the contrary, Berrettini’s right is heavy and precise, even in the race. It goes to the advantages in the first game. Double foul, very bad for the Slovenian, immediate break point for the blue. Work with back Matteo, the ball is low and Bedene does not control precisely. BREAk Berrettini, 1-0 and service. With two sets, the match seems to be in absolute control for Matteo. Another zero game for the Roman, with the 16th Ace we are 2-0. The set flows quickly on the batting turns, almost does not switch from the bottom. Matteo continues to serve very well, no risk in his games. The score scores 4-2, Bedene is needed and Berrettini does not seem to want to struggle in response, he tries a few shots but does not squeeze himself in the recoveries. It is used to close the match Matteo on 5-4. The closing on the net at 30-15 was splendid, powerful and precise. 40-15, two Match Points. With the 20th Ace closes the match. Liberating scream, applauds the audience. Well Berrettini, only a moment of difficulty at the beginning of the second set, canceled with the service. Strong, constant, incisive. Full speed ahead.

Marco Mazzoni

M. Berrettini vs A. Bedene SLO

Slam Wimbledon

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