Matteo Berrettini admitted that pretty much anything wasn't working for him during his US Open quarterfinal match versus Casper Ruud. On Tuesday, 13th-seeded Berrettini exited the US Open after Ruud handed him a 6-1 6-4 7-6 (4) loss.
After the match, Berrettini simply acknowledged that Ruud got off to a very strong start, while he was struggling in every aspect. "I think he had the best start possible, and I helped him," Berrettini said. "He played a really good match, and I played a really bad match.
I wasn't feeling my game. I wasn't feeling my mindset. I think he was feeling really good. Congrats to him."
Berrettini had a chance to force a fourth set
Ruud got off to a stunning start to the match as he led 6-1 5-1 through the first 13 games of the match.
Berrettini managed three set points in the seventh game and get one break back in the eighth game, but Ruud served out for a two-set lead in the 10th game. After losing the first two sets, Berrettini started the third set with a 3-0 lead and later led 5-2 and had two set points on Ruud's serve in the eighth game.
But Berrettini stunningly missed out on his chances as Ruud managed to force a tie-break, which he won to complete a straight-set win. After the match, Berrettini praised Ruud, who has a chance to become the new world No.
1 after the US Open. "He's possibly going to be No. 1 in the world," said Berrettini. "He'll play definitely higher level of tennis. He deserved to win. He deserves the year that he's having, really solid, he played really well on clay obviously but on hard he missed the first slam of the season I remember. Congrats to him, he's having an unbelievable season. Happy for him. He's a good guy."