Berrettini Prevails over Auger-Aliassime, Places Team Europe Back on Top

Berrettini Prevails over Auger-Aliassime, Places Team Europe Back on Top
Matteo Berrettini and Roger Federer at the O2 Arena in London. September 24, 2022. Photo Courtesy: Laver Cup.

Team Europe starts the second day of competition at the Laver Cup with a triumph at the hands of Italian Matteo Berrettini, who battled past Felix Auger-Aliassime in London on Saturday afternoon.

In a rematch of their first meeting at the Laver Cup, which took place last year in Boston, World No. 15 Matteo Berrettini and Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime faced one another at the O2 Arena, setting off the second day of competition.

The opening match saw the 26-year-old emerging victorious 7-6(11), 6-4, 10-7 after two hours and 15 minutes, scoring his second victory over Auger-Aliassime at the Laver Cup.

Moreover, he secured two precious points for Team Europe; the squad finished Day 1 tied with Team World 2-2 and now leads 4-2.

In his on-court interview, he commented: “It is always a great fight against Felix. We played for two and 15 minutes, and he is a hell of a player. I had to play my best tennis in the [Match] Tiebreak to win. I am really happy because I didn’t win just for me but the team.”

Berrettini, a Team Europe alternate, hit the court to play the opening singles match of the second day of competition, taking Roger Federer’s place.

Both players made their second consecutive appearance at the Laver Cup, finding some of their best tennis on the black hard courts.

However, the U.S. Open quarterfinalist - lost to Casper Ruud - prevailed against the 22-year-old Canadian, raising his level when it mattered most.

A tight opener unfolded into a first-set tiebreak the Italian won 7-6 (11) in 75 minutes. The tiebreaker alone went on for nearly 25 minutes, a hard-fought battle between two players who own a powerful and effective serve.

The Roman-born player won 74 percent of his first-serve points, while the top-ranked player on Team World won 86 percent of his.

In the second set, World No. 13 produced the first and lone break point of the match over Berrettini to take a 2-1 lead and held, extending his advantage to 3-1.

Auger-Aliassime kept his momentum going, moving on to edge his opponent 6-4, which set even the encounter, leading to a Match Tiebreak that Berrettini played with great intensity to topple his rival, earning victory for Team Europe.

The seven-time ATP titlist won 75 percent of his first-serve points and 63 with his second compared to the Montreal native 87 and 52 percent, respectively.

Berrettini will hit the court again on Saturday night, partnering with World No. 7 Novak Djokovic - making his return to action - to play doubles against the duo formed by Alex de Minaur and Jack Sock.

At the time of writing, Team World set even the score 4-4 following American Taylor Fritz’s win over Brit Cameron Norrie 6-1, 4-6, 10-8.

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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