World No. 8 Matteo Berrettini kept it respectful after beating 144th-ranked Oscar Otte at the US Open. Berrettini, seeded at No. 6, was tested by Otte but he managed to overcome the German qualifier in four sets 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2 and progress into the US Open quarterfinal.
Otte was competing extremely well against the heavy favorite Berrettini but it all fell apart for the German after suffering a wrist injury early in the fourth set. Serving at 1-2 in the fourth set, Otte stumbled and hurt his wrist.
The trainer was called to the court and Otte managed to serve out the fourth game and level the set at two games apiece. Unfortunately, that was all from Otte as Berrettini won the following four games to take the fourth set and seal the win.
. “We can talk about the first part of the match and he got injured, and there wasn’t a match anymore,” Berrettini said in his on-court interview, per the US Open website. “I said to him, he had a great run and he didn’t deserve to end like this.
Now it’s tough to talk about the match, but I really enjoyed the support from the beginning. There are a lot of people that really support me. Let’s talk about the atmosphere that was really great”.
Berrettini set for a Novak Djokovic rematch
After losing the first set, Otte broke Berrettini in the second game and held on to his serve the rest of the way to level the match at one set apiece.
Berrettini faced early pressure in the third set but he saved a break point in the opening game before claiming the lone break of the set in the fourth game. The two players were tied at two games apiece in the fourth set before Berrettini claimed back-to-back breaks to seal the win.
Berrettini, who was beaten by Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, is set to fight the Serb for a place in the US Open semifinal. Berrettini was up by a set in the Wimbledon final, before the Serb stormed back to win in four sets.