ATP Antalya: Matteo Berrettini marches on. Chardy downs Fognini in a thriller



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ATP Antalya: Matteo Berrettini marches on. Chardy downs Fognini in a thriller

The experienced Frenchman Jeremy Chardy had only two wins in the entire 2020, hoping for a fresh start in the new season. Things are already looking better for Chardy after reaching his first ATP quarter-final since Moscow 2019 following a 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 triumph over Fabio Fognini.

The encounter lasted for two hours and 53 minutes, and it has been the most thrilling one of the new season so far, with the Frenchman taking one point more than the Italian. Jeremy had the upper hand in the decisive moments and earned the third victory against Fabio from seven encounters.

There were five breaks on each side, and Fognini overcame an early deficit in the decider to stay in touch and force another tie break, the one he failed to win. Jeremy forged a 4-1 advantage in the opening set, losing ground after that and allowing Fabio to return on the positive side.

Fognini saved two set points at 4-5 and 5-6 to set a tie break and lost it 7-4 to push Chardy in front. The Frenchman grabbed four straight games from 4-1 down in set number two to move 5-4 ahead and serve for the victory.

With no room for errors, Fabio used the last opportunity to break back at love and level the score at 5-5, gathering momentum and taking the breaker 7-1 to force the deciding set. From 3-0 down, Fabio bounced back to catch the opponent before they traded breaks again in games 11 and 12 to reach the third tie break.

At 5-5, Chardy seized a crucial mini-break after forcing Fognini's error at the net and sealed the deal with a service winner to prevail and advance into the quarters. The top seed Matteo Berrettini defeated Dimitar Kuzmanov 6-2, 6-3 in an hour and eight minutes to race into the last eight.

Matteo suffered one break while serving for the victory, although it was too late for Kuzmanov to produce any comeback, as he lost serve for the fifth time at 3-5 to propel Berrettini through. After making his ATP debut in Antalya and scoring the first victory, world no.

250 Hug Grenier game Jan-Lennard Struff a walkover, pushing the German into the last eight. Alexander Bublik ousted Tristan Lamasine 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 37 minutes to remain on the title course. Bublik hit six aces and seven double faults and had to fend off seven out of eight break chances to release the pressure from the initial shot.

The Kazakh grabbed almost half of the return points and broke Lamasine twice to advance into the next round safely.