Rain delays the day-5 program at the ATP 500 on the lawns of the Queen's Tennis Club, in London. But rain does not modify Matteo Berrettini's project. The number one of the big group, after the successes against Stefano Travaglia and Andy Murray, also notes Dan Evans in the notebook of the players he defeated this week.
The italian tennis player, who does not take advantage of eight break points during the first fraction - manages to break the balance in the jeu decisif and above all to take advantage of a 0-40 available on 4-3 in the second.
Emblematic at the threshold of two hours of play the 7-6 (5) 6-3 final. Waiting for Berrettini in the semifinal Alex de Minaur, who defeated Marin Cilic. A winning short ball, flawless management from the baseline and a forehand slap from the center.
This is Berrettini's business card on the Queen's plant. Matteo, who, however, does not find sufficient weapons to catch the break, even squanders a 40-15 situation in the next game and finds himself canceling a ball for 0-2.
Service and volley do the rest. Evans, an incredibly intelligent player, offers Berrettini four more chances to break during the fifth game, but is saved once again thanks to the contribution of the serve. The jeu decisif turns out to be the most democratic of the stages.
Evans passes, literally, on 2-0 thanks to an approximate attack by the blue player, but in two cases he squanders a mini-break advantage. On 4-3, even, with a double kilometric foul. Berrettini puts his head forward at the first useful chance in the set.
The number one of the Italy group, which condenses the vast majority of the problems not needed in the fifth game, takes advantage of a 0-40 at the third useful opportunity. Evans, called to respond to stay in the match in the ninth game, takes advantage of a rather trivial mistake by Berrettini out of the service and uses a splendid blocked backhand response to open the field with the forehand.
Berrettini, who kisses the tape at 15-30 with a trembling forehand volley, completes the comeback in the game and closes with an ace.
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The number four of the big group in fact overcomes the cut of the quarter-finals in Halle with a very rocky 7-6 (4) 6-2. Spoiled, in part, only by a mini-break at a disadvantage in the jeu decisif. The Russian talent will see it in the semifinals with Nikoloz Basilashvili, a character very fond of the '500' as a historian.
The Georgian player - who over the course of the season has won two of the four tournaments in which he made it through the first round, still needs three sets to break down Gilles Simon's stamina. At the top of the board continues the path of Felix Auger Aliassime, Roger Federer's executioner, who leaves Marcus Giron just five games in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinals the match against Ugo Humbert: the French tennis player's success against Sebastian Korda is very complicated in any case. Alex de Minaur will be a bit surprising to face Matteo Berrettini in the semi-finals at Queens, after the success against British number one Daniel Evans.
Deamon recovers a set delay to Marin Cilic and keeps the break advantage that he catches at the start. He finishes 3-6 6-3 6-4. The event of Jack Draper ends, on his second career appearance in the major circuit, the match between Denis Shapovalov and Frances Tiafoe interrupted with the Canadian in advantage 6-3.
In WTA in Berlin out Garbine Muguruza. Even without conceding match points, Belinda Bencic needs almost three hours of play and the third set tie break to overcome Ekaterina Alexandrova. In Berlin she will play the second semifinal of the season: waiting for her Alize Cornet.
After Amanda Anisimova and Bianda Andreescu, the Frenchwoman also notes Garbine Muguruza in the notebook of the defeats. The dynamics are very similar. Cornet effectively cancels a match point in the heart of the tenth game and even if she does not take advantage of a mega-advantage of 6-1 in the tie break she closes at 7-5 and returns to place herself in the top four in a tournament of the WTA Tour a two years apart. Some recriminations for Madison Keys, beaten in three sets by Ludmilla Samsonova.