Halle tournament, positive debut for Berrettini. Now there’s Giron


By John

Good debut for Matteo Berrettini at the “Terra Wortmann Open”, an ATP 500 tournament staged on grass at the OWL Arena in Halle, Germany, with a total prize pool of 2,411,390 euros. The Roman, number 65 in the world, who obtained a “special exempt”, i.e. an exemption as he was registered for the qualifiers but unable to play them because he was involved in the final of the ATP 250 in Stuttgart, beat the American qualifier Alex Michelsen, number 61 in the international ranking, with a score of 7-6 (5), 6-2. In the round of 16 Berrettini will challenge another American, Marcos Giron, who on his debut defeated the Russian Andrey Rublev 6-4 7-6 (5).

Instead, the Italian surrendered by just two points in the tie-break of the third set Mattia Darderi, opposite the German Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round of the grass tournament in Halle, Germany. The 22-year-old Italian-Argentine, n.34 ATP, lost 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, after a battle lasting over two and a half hours. Darderi did not take advantage of a break advantage in the decisive set and missed a match point at 8 to 7 in the tie-break, which ended at 12-10 for the German. Struff will face the Greek in the round of 16 Stefanos Tsitsipasn.11 in the ranking and sixth seeding favorite.