Australian Open: Matteo Berrettini survives for the round of 16 in Melbourne

The Italian beat Carlos Alcaraz 6-2 6-7(3) 6-4 6-2 7-6(5) to end the 18-year old Spaniard’s journey at the Australian Open as he said goodbye to the Rod Laver Arena.

World No. Seven Matteo Berrettini has advanced to the round of 16 of the first Grand Slam of the year.

The Italian beat Carlos Alcaraz 6-2 6-7(3) 6-4 6-2 7-6(5) to end the 18-year old Spaniard’s journey at the Australian Open as he said goodbye to the Rod Laver Arena in the third round on Friday.

The 25-year-old from Italy couldn’t stop appreciating his opponent after the match at the Australian Open interview. The player talked about Carlos Alcaraz and said, “he showed everybody his potential.” Berrettini further stated that Carlos has been “impressive”.

Berrettini is one of the favourites to defend the title as he reaches this level for the second time. He is yet to win any Grand Slam. The tennis professional bagged his first ATP 500 level event the previous year in 2021 at the Queen’s club championship. He managed to reach the finals of the Wimbledon tournament in the same year but ended up being runner up against World No. One Novak Djokovic and semifinals of the US Open in 2019 but was dominated by current World No. Five Rafael Nadal.

Before this, Canadian Denis Shapovalov had reached week 2 of the tournament by defeating Reilly Opelka of America at the Margaret Court Arena. The 22-year old World No. 10 along with partner Felix Auger-Aliassime powered Team Canada to win the ATP Cup 2022.

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