In the first day of the ATP Finals 2021 in Turin, Italy, the best Matteo Berrettini from Wimbledon to today, who stands up to Alexander Zverev for a set before accusing an abdominal problem, may be forced to retire.
The Italian number one, who tries with shining eyes to return to the field after the intervention of the physiotherapist, gives up when the cold luminous scoreboard reads 7-6 (9) 1-0. The Finals for the Roman could already be over. in the heart of a rather struggling game, after a straight forward, he suffers from an abdominal problem. The physiotherapist’s attempt, which for one hundred and eighty seconds gives some hope to the crowd, was useless with Berrettini returning to the field, shooting the first on the court and shooting a straight out of the corridor without too much conviction.
Then the tears and the sincere hug with Zverev, who finds the right words during the sideline interview. Turin applauds, despite the shock.
In the other match, Daniil Medvedev beat Hubert Hurkacz in three sets.
At his first career experience in the masters’ tournament, the Pole cancels the pressure. On the contrary. He wins an incredibly high percentage of points with the first ball and, above all, catches the first set at the tie break. Medvedev, who understandably takes the measures, changes the tactical plan, remains ‘perfect’ with the service (needless to say he does not grant break points) and after just over two hours he seals the success at 6-7 (5) 6-3 6- 4.