Matteo Berrettini reacts to avoiding shock loss to qualifier Holger Rune

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Matteo Berrettini reacts to avoiding shock loss to qualifier Holger Rune

World No. 6 Matteo Berrettini admitted qualifier Holger Rune was a tough opponent but he was glad that he was able to avoid a shock Indian Wells Masters exit. Berrettini, seeded at No. 6, struggled a bit in his Indian Wells opener but managed to escape with a 6-3 4-6 6-4 win over world No.

86 Rune. Berrettini didn't know much about Rune before the match as it was their first meeting. Also, Berrettini was playing his first match in Indian Wells, while Rune was playing his fourth match at the tournament. Berrettini had a first round bye, while Rune won two qualifying and his first round match before clashing the Italian.

“It was definitely a tough match – I expected it,” Berrettini said in his on-court interview. “He’s improving every time I see him. He’s going to have a bright future. “Today I think I was able to manage the strokes.

I’m really happy, because I wasn’t feeling that comfortable in the court”.

Berrettini aims a deep Indian Wells run

Berrettini hasn't had much success in Indian Wells so far in his career but he is hoping to turn the page this year.

Berrettini made the Indian Wells second round in 2018, while he exited the tournament in the first round the following year. Last year, Berrettini made the Indian Wells third round before suffering a surprise defeat to Taylor Fritz.

Berrettini plays next against South African Lloyd Harris. “I like the courts, the atmosphere, it’s very nice,” said Berrettini when asked about his less-than-stellar record at Indian Wells. “For one reason or another, I got here half-injured or something always happened.

“I’m pretty old for tennis [25], but I didn’t play this tournament too many times. It takes time and sometimes a little bit of luck. Hopefully, this is going to be the good one”.