Berrettini Edges past Tabilo to Earn Maiden Win in Indian Wells

Berrettini Edges past Tabilo to Earn Maiden Win in Indian Wells Photo: TT
Matteo Berrettini serves to Alejandro Tabilo at the BNP Paribas Open. Oct. 10, 2021, in Indian Wells, Calif. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill.

Matteo Berrettini defeats Alejandro Tabilo to earn his first career victory at Indian Wells on Sunday advancing into the third round of the competition.

Qualifier Alejandro Tabilo tested but could not overcome Matteo Berrettini, who claimed his maiden win at the BNP Paribas Open in straights sets 6-4, 7-5 after one hour and 31 minutes.

In his on-court interview, the Italian commented: “It’s been a little bit of time to get the first win, but I’m so happy.”

Adding: “I didn’t know Alejandro that well. I knew that he was a tricky player. He played three matches here, so he was feeling confident. He believed that he could win, and I felt it, so it was even tougher to beat him.”

The world number seven took to the court Sunday afternoon to begin his campaign against the Chilean player.

Ranked No. 184 Tabilo, hit Stadium 2 with confidence; the 24-year-old toppled American Denis Kudla Friday 6-1, 7-6(0), securing his first main draw win at an ATP Master 1000 tournament.

In his part, the five-time ATP titlist made a good start breaking Tabilo’s serve early in the first set, opening a 2-1 lead, which he would turn into a 6-4 triumph.

The second set saw Tabilo raising his level, attempting to grab a crucial second set win, though Berrettini would recover his rhythm quickly.

The fifth seed sealed the second set 7-5 to advance to the next round.

Berrettini hit 11 aces across the match, 23 winners, 16 unforced errors, saving the two break points he faced, winning 83 percent of his first-service points.

Next up for the Roman native is Taylor Fritz, the American beat fellow countryman Brandon Nakashima 6-3, 6-4, also on Sunday.

Fritz leads their Head 2 Head series by 1-0, a victory recorded in 2019 while playing the Davis Cup.

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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