The Roman beat Australia’s Vukic 7-5 7-6 and is through to the Quarterfinals of the Phoenix Challenger but still shows he’s far from the top
On paper, Aleksandar Vukic, number 186 in the world and with around thirty games played in his career at ATP level (almost 27 years old), was certainly not the opponent who could seriously trouble Matteo Berrettini at the Challenger 175 in Phoenix Bringing that game home for the Blues certainly wasn’t easy.
The Roman continues on his way and reaches the quarter-finals of the tournament after beating the Australian in straight sets (7-5 7-6 in an hour and 39 minutes), but he showed again when it was necessary is, for him, sitting in a Challenger right now, a cut below what he was used to. Because it’s true, there was almost never a real, tangible feeling that Vukic could beat him or trouble him, but to break someone who only has one Challenger career win in Bangalore in 2022 on his résumé, Matteo had to go to the The first set waited in the first set in the eleventh game, and in the second he only prevailed against the Sydney native (but originally from Montenegro) in the tiebreak, where he also went down.
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Berrettini (still) showed too many physical limits throughout the game: the shots are there, intact, the “hammer” is still there, he just hits the ball with that pinch of delay and “heaviness” compared to before. Nothing that cannot be fixed or overcome: it takes patience and work. The same goes for trust: the game’s lower brilliance is also likely due to it. For Berrettini there is now a duel between Shevchenko and Huesler in the quarterfinals.
March 18 – 00:49
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