Top-ranked Italian tennis player Matteo Berrettini said having to withdraw from his Australian Open round-of-16 match against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas was simply a bad luck. Berrettini, seeded at No. 9, suffered an abdominal injury during his third round clash at Melbourne Park but managed to beat Russian Karen Khachanov in straight sets and make the round-of-16.
Berrettini, ranked at No. 10 in the world, was playing great in Australia as he led Italy to the ATP Cup final prior to the Australian Open. "I was really feeling well, not just obviously tennis-wise but everything else on my mindset.
The ATP Cup was great. The 1st 3 rounds I was playing really good, so enjoy atmosphere, even though experienced the lockdown, as well. But nothing. It's just bad luck, yeah," Berrettini said, per Ravi Ubha.
It's an unfortunate ending for Berrettini
Berrettini managed to beat Khachanov in straight sets on Saturday but many thought that he would have retired or lost if Khachanov managed to win the third set.
After beating Khachanov, Berrettini sounded concerned as he suggested that he may not be able to play against Tsitsipas. "I don’t know what happened. I felt here under my rib something that pulled, but the physio said that nothing was pulled.
It could be some muscle that wasn’t working properly, but I was really feeling it when I was serving and obviously my mindset went a little bit away, because I was thinking about it. I was two sets up, I was playing good, I was feeling the momentum, then all of a sudden I felt this.
I am really glad I could win the third set. Now I have to do a great job with my physio to get back on back on court in two days”, said Berrettini. It remains to be seen when will Berrettini return to the court.