The number one of Italy overcomes the first round on grass by winning the derby 7-6 7-6 and now awaits the winner of Paire-Murray
From Rome to London, from September 2020 to June 2021, from the earth to the grass. The epilogue between Berrettini and Travaglia is always the same: victory in two tie-breaks for the Roman tennis player. The number 9 in the world enters the second round in the Queen’s 500 tournament after a fluctuating test. Black and white, like the outfit of both players, for the number one seed of the board, who is below in the score in both partials and, once back to the wall, level up. After the defeats of Sinner and Sonego, Berrettini is the first Italian in the second round on the grass in London.
Travaglia’s test is to be underlined: courage, intensity, very effective shots on the grass such as the backhand slice and the descents to the net. Berrettini carbura late, on 4-1 for the opponent in the first set: Roman counter-break in the seventh game. The number 9 in the world, fresh from the quarterfinal defeat of Roland Garros against Djokovic, begins to feel the ball better but without continuity: the most effective shot in the first set is one of the most difficult, the backhand lob slice on the descents to the net of the ‘opponent. Berrettini is also down in the first tie-break but overturns the situation with a serious error by Travaglia at 4-3 and with a great forehand to close the set. The Ascoli player also starts well in the second set, immediately breaking the serve at the fourth break point. But in the fourth game Berrettini resumes Travaglia: from that moment there is little play on the Roman’s serves, more effective at serving but still foul from the bottom. The number 88 of the ATP ranking, finalist this year in the 250 in Melbourne against Sinner, manages to bring the set to the tie-break but does not hold and yields 7-4: for Berrettini now one between Murray and Paire.
June 15, 2021 (change June 15, 2021 | 15:25)
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