Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini couldn't hide his happiness after making the final at the Madrid Masters. Berrettini, ranked at No. 10 in the world, handed a 6-4 6-4 loss to top-ranked Norwegian tennis player Casper Ruud in the Madrid Masters semifinal.
Not a single break point was seen until the ninth game of the first set, when Berrettini realized his first break point to take a 5-4 lead before serving out for the opener a game later. Berrettini converted his second break point in the seventh game of the second set to take a 4-3 lead.
Berrettini failed to convert his first match point in the ninth game but served out for the match a game later. Berrettini is now looking forward to facing German Alexander Zverev in the Madrid final. "It’s a great, unbelievable feeling, especially coming from Monte-Carlo where I wasn’t feeling that good,” Berrettini said.
“I won in Belgrade and now I’m in the final, so I’m really looking forward to playing against Sascha. I hope I enjoy it tomorrow the way I enjoyed tonight”.
Zverev beat Dominic Thiem to set up a Berrettini final
“We have had some fantastic matches.
We have played the biggest matches in the world. We have played Masters 1000 finals, we have played Grand Slam finals and [the rivalry] is still developing,” Zverev said in his post-match interview. “It is still going to go on for a few more years.
Hopefully we will play a few more amazing matches”. Zverev will be aiming to win his second Madrid title when he meets Berrettini in the final. "It is going to mean a lot to me [if I can win the final]. I am definitely looking forward to it,” Zverev said. “I am definitely looking forward to playing another big final and I hope I can turn it my way this time”.