Matteo Berrettini: What a great fight with a lot of emotions against Gael Monfils



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Matteo Berrettini: What a great fight with a lot of emotions against Gael Monfils

World No. 7 Matteo Berrettini was absolutely thrilled after surviving an epic match against Gael Monfils at Melbourne Park. Berrettini, who is aiming to win his maiden Grand Slam title, defeated Monfils in five sets 6-4 6-4 3-6 3-6 6-2 to reach the Australian Open semifinal.

“It feels unbelievable,” Berrettini said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “I am really happy for myself. What a great fight against Gael. It was a great match with a lot of emotions. I thought I had him in the third set and then I found myself in the fifth.

But I really fought hard and put everything on the court and that is why I am really happy”.

Berrettini impressively recovered at the start of the fifth set

Berrettini claimed the first break of the match in the fifth game and served out for the first set in the 10th game.

Berrettini then broke Monfils in the seventh game of the second set and three games later served out for a two-set lead. After going down by two sets, Monfils earned his first break of the match in the sixth game of the third set and served out for the set in the ninth game.

Monfils continued his strong play in the fourth set as he broke Berrettini twice to force a fifth set. After losing back-to-back sets, Berrettini impressively recovered at the start of the fifth set as he opened an early 4-0 lead.

Monfils never recovered from the 4-0 deficit as Berrettini served out for the match in the eighth game. “I was just focused on winning the match,” Berrettini said. “I had a couple of break points [in the third set] and I couldn’t take them and tennis is like this.

It happened with Alcaraz as well. I was leading and then they start to play better”. Berrettini plays 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in the semifinal. Berrettini made tennis history on Tuesday as he became the first Italian to make the semifinal at Melbourne Park.