Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini was happy that he managed to win the Serbia Open as his family was in Belgrade with him so winning the title was extremely special for him. Berrettini, seeded at No. 10, edged out world No.
28 Aslan Karatsev 6-1 3-6 7-6 (0) in the Belgrade final. “This title is for my family, this is the first time that they are actually here to see me win the trophy even though it’s my fourth one,” Berrettini said in the trophy ceremony.
“So this is a special one. We came a long way since I was a kid and they were bringing me everywhere, so I think they deserve to see this kind of tennis and this kind of level. I really love them”.
Berrettini came up big in key moments
The two players were tied at one game apiece after the opening two games of the match but then Berrettini won five games in a row to win the opener.
Karatsev responded in style as he took a 3-0 second-set lead, before serving out for a decider in the ninth game. Berrettini blew a break in the third set but he delivered in the tie-break to win the title. "It’s been a pleasure being here.
I came here not with the best feelings," Berrettini said. "I came back from an injury, and it’s never easy to come back and play this kind of level, this kind of tennis." A day earlier, Karatsev stunned No.
1 seed Novak Djokovic in the semifinal. "Patriculaly, in today's performance, Karatsev showed a lot of courage and that's why I gave him a thumbs-up -- because I felt like he deserved to win. You know, we were both fighting all the way through and, but he just went for his shots when he needed it and he came up with the goods," Djokovic said, per Ana Mitric.