Matteo Berrettini will play this Sunday (18:30, La 1 and #Vamos) against Alexander Zverev the most important final of his career after winning in the penultimate round of the Mutua Madrid Open against Casper Ruud by a double 6-4 in 81 minutes. The Italian 25th and 10th in the world (up to 9) won with impressive numbers at the service. He only gave up eight points with his serves in the whole game with 91% of wins with firsts (31/34) and 67% with seconds (10/15). Thus he found a way to finally overcome the 22-year-old Norwegian on clay, new top-20 in the ranking (Monday will be 16th), who had beaten him last year in Rome and does two at Roland Garros.
Berrettini gave few options to Ruud, who did not manage to have a single break chance in the entire match and saw his rival break his serve once in each heat. The story of a duel was that simple in which the gifted student of the Rafa Nadal Academy, who has had a very good season on clay, could do little else.with quarters in Marbella and semifinals in Montecarlo, Munich and Madrid. Your adventure will continue in Rome from Monday.
Matteo has a negative balance with Zverev (2-1), with a single victory two years ago in Rome, a good omen in what will be a duel of servers, who are embroidering it during the tournament. Less in the quarterfinals against Garín, where he faltered a bit and had to play three sets, Berrettini has swept his serve to the other rivals.
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