US Open 2022 – Quarter-finals: Casper Ruud 1st qualified in the semifinals after the victory against Matteo Berrettini

US Open 2022 – Quarter-finals: Casper Ruud 1st qualified in the semifinals after the victory against Matteo Berrettini

US Open 2022 – Quarter-finals: Casper Ruud 1st qualified in the semifinals after the victory against Matteo Berrettini

Matteo Berrettini on the carpet. Semi-finalist of the 2019 edition, the Italian missed the quarter-finals against a Casper Ruud who only needs one match, and a few variables, to become the next number 1 in the world. First alone on stage, the world number 7 then showed great solidity to recover from his late break in the third set, to finally win the tie break after 2h36 of play (6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (4 )). .

The improbable is no longer that far from happening. Who would have bet, at the beginning of the season, that Casper Ruud, regular winner of the ATP 250 tournaments, crushed by Rafael Nadal in the final of Roland Garros, could finish at the top of the world rankings at the end of the USA? The Norwegian, however, is only one victory from such a twist (if he does not face Alcaraz in the final), thanks to the convincing success against the finalist of the 2021 edition of Wimbledon, who finally paid for an inconstancy already glimpsed in the fortnight.

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Christian’s son had also shown some signs of fever over the course of his career, pushed into 5 sets by Tommy Paul in the third round, and able to add a set to play in a game he had at his disposal. the lucky French loser Corentin Moutet. This time, however, he has the steely mind to recover in the 3rd set, where Berrettini had found a recovery after an absent start to the race.

Berrettini finally returns to his match: the Italian double break in the 3rd set

39 unforced errors for Berrettini

Broken from the start, multiplying the unforced errors (13 in the first set, 39 in total), the Italian suffered a bitter 5-0 from the start. After 27 one-way minutes, Ruud won the first set and, carried by a favorable wind, beat the opponent twice in a row in the second set to take him 4-1, then 5-1. It was when he suffered three set points on his serve that Berrettini, aided by a Norwegian who was beginning to tremble, revived.

But returning to 5-4, he couldn’t do anything about a perfect serve game from Ruud, who eventually pocketed the second set. Except that the protégé of Vincenzo Santopadre, finally released, began to find ease in the serve (7 of his 13 aces in the match in the third set), and his devastating forehand. At 5-2 for him, we believed Berrettini capable of overturning the game. But he missed two set points on his opponent’s serve.

Who enjoyed making him play very complicated on the fly on poorly controlled climbs in the next game, to break through, before returning to 5 everywhere, and then bringing the Italian to the tie break. The latter has resumed being brittle, finally yielding in three sets in a tournament where he is used to being intractable. But it is Ruud’s year, who offers himself the second consecutive semifinal in a Major, and now awaits Nick Kyrgios or Karen Khachanov in the semifinals.

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