In the first day of the ATP Finals 2021 in Turin, Italy, the best Matteo Berrettini from Wimbledon to today, who stands up to Alexander Zverev for a set before accusing an abdominal problem, may be forced to retire. The Italian number one, who tries with shining eyes to return to the field after the intervention of the physiotherapist, gives up when the cold luminous scoreboard reads 7-6 (9) 1-0.
The Finals for the Roman could already be over. in the heart of a rather struggling game, after a straight forward, he suffers from an abdominal problem. The physiotherapist's attempt, which for one hundred and eighty seconds gives some hope to the crowd, was useless with Berrettini returning to the field, shooting the first on the court and shooting a straight out of the corridor without too much conviction.
Then the tears and the sincere hug with Zverev, who finds the right words during the sideline interview. Turin applauds, despite the shock.
In the other match, Daniil Medvedev beat Hubert Hurkacz in three sets. At his first career experience in the masters' tournament, the Pole cancels the pressure.
On the contrary. He wins an incredibly high percentage of points with the first ball and, above all, catches the first set at the tie break. Medvedev, who understandably takes the measures, changes the tactical plan, remains 'perfect' with the service (needless to say he does not grant break points) and after just over two hours he seals the success at 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-4.
The WTA Final situation
By winning in three sets, Karolina Pliskova unwittingly gave first place to Anett Kontaveit and qualification to Garbine Muguruza at the WTA Finals 2021. The Czech tennis player - who had at least passed the group cut since 2016, the year of her first semifinal in her career in the Master at the end of the year - remedies, yes, a tragic start with Barbora Krejcikova, but still remains out of the top four a Guadalajara.
In short: the Czech cancels six nightmare games (seasoned with a very low percentage of points with the first ball and ten unforced errors) and she recovers disadvantage breaks in the heart of the second set. Needless to say, she grabs all the most important points and seals the success with a double 6-4.
Understandably emptied of the mathematical qualification - and evidently also from the twelve wins in a row in the WTA Tour - the Estonian tennis player takes her breath away on day-5. At the foot of the semifinal. Muguruza, who had lost the direct confrontation with Pliskova and who had needed overtime with Krejcikova, plays a game of extraordinary quality and above all perfectly manages all moments of difficulty.
Needless to say, she sits down on 6-4 6-4 after just over ninety minutes of play (canceling a break point in the final game) and she passes the group cut at the Finals for the second time in her career. She will challenge Paula Badosa.