A sweet Berrettini throws Zverev in the second round

The Italian, champion in Istanbul and finalist in Munich, knocked him down with a double 7-5. Cilic won Basso (6-1 and 7-5) and Dimitrov fell to Struff (6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3).


The German Alexander Zverev, champion in 2017 and number 5 in the world, crashed on Tuesday against the Italian Matteo Berrettini in his premiere at the Masters 1000 in Rome, falling by 7-5 and 7-5. Zverev, who is still looking for his first title in 2019, sank before the powerful tennis of Berrettini, one of the most fit Italian players of the moment, which in the last two weeks was champion in Budapest and finalist in Munich.

The German, who fell to the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the tournament in Madrid, arrived in Rome to defend the final reached last year, when he was beaten by Spaniard Rafa Nadal, but his experience in the Foro Italico ended after a battle of one hour and 48 minutes It was the first victory of Berrettini against players who are part of the best ten in the world and a rematch after Zverev won him in the only precedent, which curiously was played last year in Rome and in this same round.

In a track central Italian Forum all in favor of the Italian, Bretrettini was very solid to serve and aggressive to the rest, before a Zverev who committed 28 unforced errors and that, despite canceling two match balls, surrendered with a double 7-5. In the next round Berrettini will face the winner of the match between the Argentine Diego Schwartzman and the Spanish Albert Ramos.

Cilic doubles to Basso

The Croatian Marin Cilic, number 10 of the ATP ranking, got into the second round of the Masters 1000 on Tuesday. Roma to beat 6-1 and 7-5 Italian Andrea Basso, participating with an invitation.

Cilic, who had retired last week in the quarterfinals of Madrid against Serbian Novak Djokovic because of gastroenteritis, took an hour and 38 minutes to eliminate Basso, number 416 in the world, in the first confrontation between the two.

The Croatian, 30 years old and semifinalist in Rome last year, will meet this Tuesday his rival in the second round, que will be the winner of the match between the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and the German Jan Lennard Struff. Dimitrov, current number 48 of the ranking, won two of the three preceding before Struff, the last one this year in Montecarlo.

See all the results of the men's box here.



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