Sixth seed Matteo Berrettini survived a tough hurdle in the last 32 of the 2022 Indian Wells Masters. Against South Africa’s Lloyd Harris, Berrettini came back from 3-4 down in the first set to win 6-4 7-5.
Fighting tight in a match that lasted 1 hour 32 minutes, this victory successfully led Berrettini to set foot for the first time in the round of 16 at Indian Wells.
« This win means a lot (reaching the fourth round), » Berrettini said in an interview on the pitch, quoted from the ATP, Wednesday (16/3).
« I liked the condition, but for some reason I was never able to play my best tennis here. I’m happy with my performance, Lloyd is a tough opponent. It feels really good to reach the fourth round for the first time. Every year I improve, » he explained.
In the second set, Harris actually almost won the match where he was 5-2 ahead, but surprisingly Berrettini bounced back to step on the gas to win five straight games 7-5.
« I was a little nervous, » Berrettini said of his performance in the second set.
« I didn’t like how I handled the start of the second set. I let the anger out a bit, which helped me find the right balance to break it at the crucial moment and I then had that momentum. »
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Berrettini has won five tour-level titles, but is yet to win a title at an ATP Masters 1000 event, his best performance at this level coming at the Madrid Open in 2021 when he reached the final but lost to Alexander Zverev (Germany).
Meanwhile, in the last 16, Berrettini will face Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic, who won over Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp 7-6(7/3) 7-5. (ATP/OL-5)