Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini admitted he was a bit struggling at the start of the match against Dan Evans but he was happy that he managed to deliver a good tennis in key moments of the first set. Berrettini, seeded at No.
1 in the Queen's main draw, beat home favorite Evans in straight sets 7-6 (5) 6-3 to reach the Queen's semifinal. “I didn’t serve that well, but I was returning well and I just played better in the last few points of the tie-break,” Berrettini said.
“After that, I felt more confident. The conditions were really tough, windy and cold, so I took time to adapt a little bit. I am pretty happy with my performance," Berrettini said, per the ATP website.
Berrettini aims to win it all
Berrettini failed to convert any of his four break points chances in the opening game of the match but also saved a break point in the following game.
Berrettini had four more break points in the fifth game but again failed to convert his chances. As no breaks were seen in the first set -- the set went into a tie-break -- which Evans started with a 2-0 lead. Berrettini was down 5-4 in the tie-break, before he won three consecutive points to win a tight opener.
Evans had the first break point of the second set but Berrettini saved a break point in the fifth game. Berrettini then claimed the first break of the match in the eighth game, before serving out for the match in the following game.
“The court condition was really good. I expected slippery conditions, but it was like yesterday. I came here to win the tournament, that is my goal. Now I am two steps away, I will think about the next match tomorrow. I am happy with the way I am playing, and my mental attitude is really good," Berrettini added. Berrettini will fight against Alex de Minaur for a place in the Queen's final.