Matteo beats the Argentine 6-3 6-3 6-2. He will find the winner of Kwon-Seppi
After Fabio Fognini also Matteo Berrettini arrives in the third round of Roland Garros. The Roman tennis player, seeded number 9, clearly overtook the Argentine Federico Coria 6-3 6-3 6-2 and now awaits the winner of the challenge in progress between the South Tyrolean Andreas Seppi and the Korean Soonwoon Kwon. For the blue top 10 it was a capital performance, a real bombardment from the first to the last point.
Matteo started hitting like a blacksmith, with the much loved anomalous forehand along the line, right from the first points, operating only the break at the opening of the match. Then with three coconuts and a short ball he confirmed the 2-0 lead, forcing the Argentine to jump through hoops to stay in the game. And without conceding a break point, Matteo took home the first fraction in 31 minutes for 6-3, transforming the second useful set point. In the second set, Matteo lost the forehand for a moment, offering his rival two break points in the third game. But once they were canceled he started pushing like a madman again arriving at the break that came in the eighth game after an interminable series of short balls that literally sent the poor Argentine out of his mind. With two sets of advantage, Berrettini played even better, placing the break at the beginning of the third set and flying undisturbed until 4-1. And at the first chance, at 5-2. 40-0, he finished with the last winning serve of a downhill match that lasted one hour and 58 minutes. On the notice board of the Roman 5 aces, 68% of primes with a realization of 82% (42 points out of 51 primes), 46 winners, 31 free mistakes and the beauty of 25 points in 31 network runs.
For Berrettini it is the seventh qualification to the third round of a Grand Slam: in the past he reached this milestone at Roland Garros 2018 (beaten in four sets by Thiem), at Wimbledon 2019 when he overtook Schwartzman before losing to Federer, at the US Open 2019 when beat Popyrin going up to the semifinal lost against Nadal, at the US Open 2020 when he beats Ruud before surrendering to Rublev, at Roland Garros 2020 (passed by Daniel Altmaier) and at the Australian Open 2021 when he knocked out Khachanov before retiring in the round of 16 against Tsitsipas.
June 3, 2021 (change June 3, 2021 | 13:19)
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