World No. 7 Matteo Berrettini was delighted after making his first Australian Open quarterfinal. Berrettini, seeded at No. 7, defeated No. 19 seed Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5 7-6 (4) 6-4 in the Australian Open round-of-16. Last year, Berrettini made the Australian Open round-of-16 but an abdominal injury forced him to pull out of his quarterfinal match.
“It was really tough last year. I really wanted to play, but I couldn’t with the tear in the ab,” Berrettini said, per the ATP website. “But I believe there is a reason for everything that happens and I’ve been wishing to come back as soon as possible and the way I won today shows how much I care about this tournament”.
Berrettini's serve clicked well
Berrettini faced only break point during his straight-set win over Carreno Busta. Berrettini claimed the first break of the match in the sixth game before saving a break point in the following game en route to serving out for the first set.
“I was really precise with my serving and he wasn’t reading my serve, which is why I hit a lot of aces,” Berrettini said. “My serve percentage was high, which was important. I felt I had more energy going into the third set.
When my serve is working it’s always good for my tennis”. Berrettini plays next Gael Monfils, who beat Miomir Kecmanovic in straight sets. Berrettini and Monfils played a thriller when they clashed in the 2019 US Open quarterfinal.
Back then, Berrettini edged out Monfils in five sets to reach his maiden Grand Slam semifinal. Also, Berrettini beat Monfils when they met at the 2021 ATP Cup. “It was a really tough match and the emotions were all over the place for me and him,” Berrettini said.
“I remember that match with a smile, but it will be a different match this time. For sure it will be a fight”.