Berrettini Downs Garin; Next He Takes on Ruud in Madrid SFs

Berrettini Downs Garin; Next He Takes on Ruud in Madrid SFs Photo: TT
Matteo Berrettini during the Mutua Madrid Open 2021, Masters 1000 on May 6, 2021 at La Caja Magica.

Matteo Berrettini reaches his second ATP Masters 1000 semi-final by defeating the Chilean player on Friday night at the Caja Magica.

Aiming to reach his 8th ATP semi-final, Cristian Garin got off to a perfect start winning the first set 7-5 over Berrettini, who had not dropped a set until then.

The No. 25 ranked - who moved past second seed Daniil Medvedev to reach the quarter-final stages, displayed high-class tennis, recording just three unforced errors.

The second set saw how the Italian player recovered from a break down, winning five straight games to take victory off the Santiago Open champion, forcing a third set after one hour and 25 minutes.

With both players back on court to play the decider, the 2021 Serbia Open champion took the lead, clinching the first tie over Garin to never look back.

World No. 10 won the last 11 games in a row, outlasting the 16th seed 5-7 6-3 6-0 after two hours and six minutes, booking a spot in the Mutua Madrid Open last four.

All in all, the 25-year-old hit 33 winners, 12 aces, and struck 21 unforced errors.

Berrettini advanced to the first ATP 1000 semi-final of his career back in 2019 at the Rolex Shangai Masters.

On Saturday afternoon, the Roman player will face unseeded Casper Ruud.

Speaking in the post-match press conference, Berrettini commented on his next opponent: “I think he is a great, great player, especially on clay.”

He added: “He’s been playing really good, really solid so far this season. We always had, like, tough matches.”

Ruud keeps his exceptional momentum; the world No. 22 has not been broken in 38 service games (saving one break point) while winning all eight sets in Madrid.

The 22-year-old reached his third straight clay-court ATP Masters 1000 semi-final by overcoming Alexander Bublik 7-5, 6-1 earlier on Friday.

Both players, Berrettini and Ruud, are making their debut at the Spanish tournament this season.

THE LAST FOUR

Fifth seed Alexander Zverev shocked 20-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, claiming his third straight victory against five-time Madrid champion, 6-4, 6-4 - the first on the clay court.

Beating him in his house, in Spain, is incredible, but the tournament is not over yet,” Zverev said after his match against Nadal.

On Saturday, the German player will meet world No. 4 Dominic Thiem at the Manolo Santana Stadium to play the first semi-final match of the day.

The Austrian edged John Isner 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 55 minutes, reaching his fourth semi-final in a row in Madrid.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and a journalist passionate about sports, particularly motorsport, tennis, and soccer

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