Matteo Berrettini withdraws from Eastbourne after stellar run on grass


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Matteo Berrettini withdraws from Eastbourne after stellar run on grass

The 22-year-old Italian Matteo Berrettini had no ATP wins on his belt before 2018 season, raising his level last year to grab 19 of those and lift the first ATP title in Gstaad, without losing serve. Equipped with booming serve and forehand, Matteo has been working on an overall package and established himself as a regular top-50 player this spring after winning the title in Budapest.

A week later, the Italian was in another final in Munich, gathering the momentum ahead of grass swing that could not have brought the better start for the youngster, conquering Stuttgart last week in dominant style after facing only two break points in all five encounters!

Berrettini defeated Nick Kyrgios, Karen Khachanov, Denis Kudla, Jan-Lennard Struff and Felix Auger-Aliassime for the third ATP title, heading to Halle as a player on the mission and holding in 92 out of 94 games! That was enough to topple Nikoloz Basilashvili, Andreas Seppi and Karen Khachanov before losing to David Goffin in the semi-final after eight consecutive wins on grass.

Goffin fended off all three break points he faced, hitting 21 winners and 20 unforced errors to repel attacks of the dangerous rival who blasted 28 winners and 25 mistakes in a high-quality encounter. Berrettini landed 14 aces but his second serve let him down a little bit this time, playing against six break chances and getting broken once that cost him the match.

After two great results, Berrettini has decided to take well-deserved rest next week, withdrawing from the ATP 250 event in Eastbourne and taking a couple of days off ahead of the third Grand Slam of the season at Wimbledon.

Matteo made his Wimbledon debut last year, beating Jack Sock in five sets before losing to Gilles Simon in round two, hoping for a much better result in seven days after what he has shown in Stuttgart and Halle.