TENNIS: Berrettini defeated former world number 1 Andy Murray in the third round of the US Open. The Italian has had injury problems this year, but his form is improving as he progresses.
Italian Berrettini is in to the second week of the US Open for the fourth year in a row. Indeed, he has made it into the quarter-finals at the last four major tournaments he has played. He was unable to play at Wimbledon after testing positive for Covid.
Murray comeback halted
After a tight opening set, a double fault from Murray on break point in the seventh game handed Berrettini the first set.
The British number three then recovered from an early break in the second set and appeared to be gaining ascendancy from the baseline. However, he was broken again on a double fault, at 4-4.
Murray threw his racket towards his chair in disgust as he found himself staring at a two-set deficit. The last time Murray came back from two sets down was against Yoshihito Nishioka at the US Open two years ago. He admitted earlier this week, that match took him months to recover from.
But he managed to stay in the game and won the third set on Friday in a tie-break.
A fifth set looked on the cards when Murray broke the powerful Berrettini serve in the opening game of the fourth set. But the Italian was not to be deterred and hit back straight away. A further lapse from his opponent at 3-4 was the final nail.
Berrettini came out on top, with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 scoreline, having served 18 aces and hit 55 winners. Next, he will play Spanish youngster Davidovich Fokina, who beat Daniel Galan in four sets.