Matteo Berrettini on the pitch against Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros 2021. The blue, No. 9 in the ATP ranking passed the previous round without playing for Federer’s retirement. Between the two there is only one precedent: at Atp Finals of 2019 where the Serbian won clearly. This is the live report of the match.
20.34 He is another Djokovic compared to the one seen with Musetti: concentrated, precise, lethal. Always find the answers on the opponent’s powerful forehand. Matteo defends himself with the serve and with a fantastic damping shortens, is 4-2.
20.27 Net change of pace of the number one in the world. Another ace. Berrettini suffers from sudden accelerations and changes of direction. But he still manages to resist and drag the game to the advantages. But Nole attacks, wants to close it quickly and runs away on 4-1.
20.24 Djokovic is growing point by point. And in the end he gets the break and goes on 3-1.
20.18 Service to Berettini: still an error on a short ball. Then a beautiful acceleration straight ahead to cross for 30-15. The Italian continues to raise the pace with hammer blows from the baseline. But then he is too wrong about Nole’s perfect answers.
20.11 The joke returns to Serbian, so far there is balance. Mesh caps waste an opportunity. Break ball for Matteo after a nice backhand crossing. But the Serbian cancels and takes the lead with an ace. Berrettini tries the short ball but he is out, 2-1 for Nole.
20.09 In the second game Matteo responds well with his serve and takes the1-1
20.05 First game to the advantages, Nole signs two aces. The first game is yours 0-1
20.00 We leave, Djokovic at the service. The first point is from Berrettini with a short ball. Bravo Matteo on the damping, but then too much force.
19.53 The warm-up of Berrettini and Djokovic begins.
19.52 In Paris from tonight the anti-Covid curfew will be moved to 11 pm. The public will also be seen in the stands at night.
19.49 For Berrettini it is the fourth participation in the Paris Slam, he had never progressed beyond the third round. Djokovic instead arrives after beating Musetti to whom he had left the first two sets.
19.41Whoever goes on between Berrettini and Djokovic will meet Nadal. The Spaniard beat Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in four sets (6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0). The other semifinal is Tsitsipas-Zverev.
June 9, 2021 (change June 9, 2021 | 20:39)
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