Djokovic Wins: Novak Djokovic Beats Matteo Berrettini in Four Sets
Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, fought back from a set and 2-0 down to beat Italian Matteo Berrettini in an extraordinary four-set match at the Rogers Cup.
Novak Djokovic fought back from a set and 2-0 down to beat Italian Matteo Berrettini in an extraordinary four-set match at the Rogers Cup. Berrettini, who is currently ranked 43 in the world, was having no such problems with the defending champion. He broke Djokovic twice in the opening set and led by a break when he served for it at 5-3, before the Serbian broke back and held his own serve to make it 5-5. Berrettini served for the opening two sets and seemed unstoppable. It was an intense battle on court as Djokovic broke Berrettini twice in the third set to level it at 2-2. The fourth set s
But Berrettini broke Djokovic for the first time in the match in the ninth game. He broke again at 6-5 and served for the match at 7-6, before Djokovic broke back to get back to 8-8. Berrettini held his serve to make it 9-8 and then Djokovic broke him for the fourth time in the match to close out the match and win the match. He will next face another Italian, wild card Angelo Bruguera.
Djokovic held serve to keep his semi-final hopes alive. After Berrettini saved two break points, Djokovic held to love to draw level at 5-5. Berrettini followed suit, holding his own serve to keep it even at 5-5. Djokovic broke the 22-year-old on his first set point to take a 6-5 lead. He then held his serve to go a set to one up. Djokovic had lost only five games to Canada's Vasek Pospisil in the first round, so was expected to cruise against Berrettini, who was playing in his first Masters level match. He broke Berrettini on his first set point. Berrettini responded by winning the second set 6-4. The two held serve to open the third set. Djokovic broke Berrettini to go 2-0 up and serve for the match at 2-1. He held to take a 3-1 lead and to extend his winning streak to 17 matches.
Berrettini's big-match experience and knowledge of the course of the match was telling in the early stages of the match, as he went 3-0 up. Djokovic would not give up though. He broke Berrettini's serve once and then earned himself a pair of break points with a strong return. He would break Berrettini's serve in the following game to level it at 3-3. Another break of serve from Djokovic would leave Berrettini on the brink of defeat. But Berrettini would fight back and hold his serve and save the break point, making it 4-4. Djokovic would serve for the fourth set and go up 40-15. But Berrettini did not back down. He came back to hold his serve and the match would be level at 4-4. Djokovic held his next two service games and went ahead 6-5 on serve.
Djokovic raced through the final set and held off the Italian’s attack to make it 5-3 and his opponent, which seemed to be a decided favourite to win the match at one point in the set, went on to win the next two games to force a decider. Djokovic led the decisive fifth set 3-1 before Berrettini called for the trainer for treatment. Djokovic broke back at 4-3 to set up the tiebreak and won it 7-2 to advance to the quarterfinals. Djokovic will next play the sixth seed David Goffin, who beat the seventh seed Dominic Thiem in a tense three-set match