Matteo Berrettini withdrew from the Nitto ATP Finals on Tuesday after sustaining a left oblique injury that forced him to withdraw from his Sunday night match against Alexander Zverev. After a game in the second set, the Italian took a medical time-out. An excited Berrettini tried to continue, but was forced to retreat. First substitute Jannik Sinner will take Berrettini’s place. Sinner will face Pole Hubert Hurkacz in a rematch of this year’s Miami Open featured by the Itau final, won by Hurkacz. Sinner can still qualify for the semi-finals at Pala Alpitour. The Italian must defeat Hurkacz and Daniil Medvedev to have a chance. If he is 2-0 and two other players in the group finish with a 1-2 record in the free-for-all game, the 20-year-old will make it to the knockout stage. If there are two players with a 2-1 record and Sinner is 2-0, the competitors who are 2-1 will move on because they played more games. Sinner has enjoyed the best season of his career, lifting four ATP Tour trophies, including the biggest win of his career at the Citi Open in Washington. The Italian, who won the 2019 ATP Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen Finals, is 45-21 in 2021. Official statement Matteo Berrettini has dissolved the reserve. “I thought, I thought, I cried and in the end I made up my mind. My end ends here.” Thus began the long post on social networks with which he communicated his decision. Over the years, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, has been one of the greatest forces in the men’s game. The southpaw is almost synonymous with clay-court dominance with an astonishing 13 French Open titles to his name.
Arias reflects on Rafa Nadal
Recently, former player and now analyst Jimmy Arias was talking about Rafael Nadal. He felt that there would come a time when Rafa would be dethroned, on clay. He did add the caveat that, each time he felt so previously, he was proven wrong by the Spaniard who kept on winning titles in the French capital. The 57-year-old former player stated, “I never conceded the French title to Nadal as some others did. I’ve often felt that Rafa is on the verge of being beatable, but then he’d get to Roland Garros and win. He proved me wrong every time a lot of times. But now he’s showing some wear in that armor.” Nadal was beaten by Djokovic this season at Roland Garros in the semi-final, adding credibility to Jimmy’s claim. However, the Spaniard was nursing a foot injury during French Open which eventually caused him to call-off his 2021 season.