Andy Murray exits 2022 US Open in third round defeat to Matteo Berrettini

NEW YORK — Matteo Berrettini ended Andy Murray’s performance at the U.S. Open with a four-set victory in Friday’s third-round encounter with Arthur Ashe.

On a hot day at Arthur Ashe, Berrettini’s precise serve and deft shots put the Italian ahead 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (1) and 6-3 in 3 hours and 47 minutes. The loss ended Murray’s hopes of reaching the fourth round of a major for the first time since Wimbledon in 2017.

“I served badly for most of the game and it hurt me,” Murray said. “I played really well in the third set and, you know, from the coming stats and stuff, when I got into the rallies, I got better in those exchanges, you You know, I got “He served very well, got a ton of free points on his serve. “I don’t. That’s the difference.”

Murray enters this game after opening wins against Francisco Serendolo and Emilion Nava, while Berrettini beats Nicolas Jarry in straight sets, needing four games to pass Hugo Grenier .

But in the midday sun in New York, Berrettini got his only break in the first set, with Murray conceding a double fault. The pair exchanged breaks at the start of the second set, but it was Berrettini’s break in the ninth game – Murray again lost a break point with a double fault – that made the 2021 Wimbledon runner up. The finalists were able to serve. Murray, clearly frustrated with the transition, threw the racket in the direction of the seat before hitting his bag with the racket.

Berrettini’s shot caused all sorts of trouble for Murray, but the third kept serve early in the game, only to be interrupted in the fourth by a spectator who needed medical attention. At that stage, Berrettini had a break point, but after a delay in the game, Murray pulled the game to a tie and kept serve. Both held on until a Murray-dominated tiebreaker, winning 7-1.

Murray broke through Berrettini first in the fourth quarter, but the Italian counterattacked in the next game. But the crucial moment came in the eighth game, when Berrettini was forced to break twice and Murray netted a poor backhand, giving Berrettini a chance to serve the game. He gave himself two match points and switched his serve at the first enquiry, while Murray could only get one racket.

“I have a metal hip,” Murray said later. “It’s not easy to play. It’s really difficult. I’m amazed that I’m still able to compete with people who are at the top of the game.

“A game like this, you know, I’m really proud that I’ve put myself in a position to be able to do that. I’m really disappointed, you know, I didn’t cross the line today. But, you know, I’m reminded It’s the first time you’ve played the third round here since 2016. It’s been six years. It’s been a tough six years for me. Really tough.

“Even though it’s the first time I’ve only played the third round here, I’m really proud of the effort I put in, you know, to get myself back into these positions. So I hope in the future I’ll be able to go further. , but considering, I’m doing well. “I think I’m improving this year. You know, my rankings, I don’t even know what I was at the beginning of the year, but I’m about 40 years old in the world now and still working on it. I want to push and see how far I can go.

“It was motivating for me and it was fun because a lot of people told me I couldn’t play anymore, a lot of people told me I could play tennis but not play professionally anymore. That’s nonsense, I want to watch See how far I can get back to the top of the game.”

It was the fourth meeting between Murray and Berrettini, who won in Beijing in 2019 and Berrettini who has bragging rights at the Queen’s Club in 2021. Their last match was in Stuttgart earlier this year in June, which Berrettini won 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

The loss ended Murray’s majors schedule this year as he reached the second round of the Australian Open while he opted out of the French Open to focus on the grass season. But at Wimbledon, his campaign ended in the second round as he lost to John Isner.

Berrettini has had a turbulent year. After reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open, he missed the French Open with a hand injury, while he contracted COVID-19 at Wimbledon, which kept him out of the title. But he is now in the fourth round of the U.S. Open, where he will face Alejandro Davidovich Faukina.


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