Matteo Berrettini moved into the Roland Garros fourth spherical for the primary time on Saturday night time with a 7-6(6), 6-3, 6-4 victory over Soonwoo Kwon of South Korea.
The ninth-seeded Italian is now 21-5 on the season after putting 52 winners, together with 22 aces, previous World No. 91 Kwon in two hours and 11 minutes. He’ll subsequent put together to face eighth-seeded Swiss Roger Federer, the 2009 champion, who beat Dominik Koepfer of Germany later within the day.
Berrettini began the week in ninth place within the FedEx ATP Race To Turin and a deep run within the French capital will additional increase his probabilities of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held from 14-21 November this yr, for the second time (2019).
The 25-year-old missed virtually two months of this season as a consequence of a hernia/groin harm and has since compiled a 13-3 file on European clay, which incorporates capturing his fourth ATP Tour title on the Belgrade Open (d. Karatsev) and a run to the Mutua Madrid Open closing (l. to Zverev).
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Berrettini, who beat Taro Daniel and Federico Coria within the first two rounds in Paris, was made to work onerous within the first set in opposition to Kwon, who saved three break factors within the second sport and 4 break factors at 5-5. Berrettini received the primary three factors of the tie-break and led 6/3, earlier than Kwon recovered to six/6. The Italian wrapped up the set with a forehand drop shot winner.
Having received the 54-minute opener, Berrettini relaxed. He clinched a 5-3 benefit within the second set when Kwon hit a forehand lengthy, with the identical shot breaking down within the subsequent sport. From 3-3 within the second set, Berrettini received six of the subsequent seven video games, frequently placing Kwon beneath stress from the baseline. The Italian received 51 of 61 first-service factors (84 per cent).
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Federer leads Berrettini 2-0 of their FedEx ATP Head2Head sequence, however the pair has not met on clay. The Italian hasn’t performed Koepfer earlier than.