Carreno Busta Ousts Berrettini in Montreal

Carreno Busta Ousts Berrettini in Montreal
Matteo Berrettini playing the final against Casper Ruud (not pictured) in Gstaad. July 24, 2022. Photo Courtesy: Swiss Open Gstaad Media.

World No. 23 Pablo Carreno Busta takes out 11th seed Matteo Berrettini in their opening match at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers, held in Montreal, Canada, on Tuesday.

Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta needed one hour and 16 minutes to defeat World No. 14 Matteo Berrettini in straight sets, with a 6-3, 6-2 victory on Court Rogers.

The six-time ATP titlist displayed a solid, consistent performance, which left no room for recovery for the Italian, who failed to find his best level throughout the matchup.

An erratic Berrettini managed to stay close to the Spanish player in the score during the first set, courtesy of his big serve. But when the 31-year-old produced a brake over the 11th seed to lead 5-3, it became an inflection point for Carreno Busta, who marched to seal a 6-3 win after 38 minutes.

The numbers reflect how the opener unfolded, with the Roman player recording 23 unforced errors to the Spaniard’s five.

In addition, the Gijon native won 74 percent of his first-serve point and 75 with his second, to Berrettini’s 63 and 46 percent, respectively.

The World No. 23 continued to dictate the rhythm into the second set, breaking the 26-year-old serve to open a 3-1 advantage.

After a hard-fought 7-minute game, the Italian star narrowed the gap 2-4, but nothing could hold down the Barcelona Open runner-up, lost to Carlos Alcaraz, from producing a double break, moving on to seal with an ace a 6-2 triumph.

All in all, Carreno Busta advanced into the second round without facing a break point while converting 3/7 break point opportunities.

Moreover, he fired 18 winners, committing seven unforced errors compared to 14 and 30 from his rival.

Next, he will meet World No. 26 Holger Rune, who overcame Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-5.

BERRETTINI’S SEASON

The 7-time ATP titlist returned to Tour at the Swiss Open Gstaad for the first time since Wimbledon - forced to withdraw due to a positive coronavirus diagnosis.

On Swedish soil, he reached the final playing high-level tennis against Casper Ruud, who defended his title successfully at the clay-court tournament.

Thus far, the season has been a rollercoaster for Vincenzo Santopadre’s pupil, who kicked off 2022 by moving into the semifinals at the Australian Open - fell to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

He next played in Rio, Mexico, and Indian Wells before undergoing surgery on his right hand, which sidelined Berrettini from action for nearly three months, missing the entire clay swing.

In June, despite the physical issues, he showcased his A-game in his return to competition on the grass courts, winning two titles in a row, the cinch Championships - The Queen’s Club and the Stuttgart Open.

In top form, a positive coronavirus diagnosis prevented him from contesting Wimbledon, marking a new setback.

After his comeback campaign in Gstaad, the Italian wrote on his Instagram account that he would skip the Austrian Open, advised to give his body more time to recover and prepare for the hard court swing.

Tuesday’s appearance in Montreal was his first since last July.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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