Italtennis advances at the US Open. After the good performances of Fognini and Sinner, Matteo Berrettini also comes to the fore as he enters the third round of the New York tournament after a match that is certainly not on velvet. It took the blue almost three and a half hours of play to get the better of the French Hugo Grenier beaten for 3 sets to 1 with a score of 2-6, 6-1, 7-6, 7-6. Camila Giorgi fights but it is not enough to stay inside the slam with the stars: the Marche gives in three sets (6-4,5-7, 7-6) to the American Madison Keys Fabio Fognini, who never gives up, is very good. Behind that apparently indolent and detached body language of his, there is the “ringworm” of the great agonist, demonstrated on the field a thousand times in a career that has seen him Top 10 and leader of Italy in the Davis Cup.
And on the night of New York, at the age of 35, he gives himself another thrilling feat by overcoming the disadvantage of two sets to the Russian, who plays without a flag, Aslan Karatsev (38 Atp), closing 1-6 5-7 6 -4 6-1 6-4 in 3 hours and 34 minutes what is his ninth comeback of this kind in his career: a thrill specialist. The great thing is that with this result, you not only gain access to the second round of the US Open 2022 but also the opportunity to face tomorrow, certainly on an important stage (the Arthur Ashe stadium), none other than Rafael Nadal, winner of his time at the debut of the young Australian Rinky Hijikata (4-6 6-2 6-3 6-3 the score), on the draw thanks to a wild card. Spanish ended up at the center of controversy for John McEnroe’s accusations that the Majorcan gets preferential treatment from the chair judges when he takes more than the allowed seconds. “But is this a joke? – Nadal replied at the press conference – They gave me many warnings in my career. Never for breaking a racket, but many times for the time trial”.
Among the other Azzurri, Lorenzo Musetti, number 30 in the world and seeded number 26, thus celebrates his first victory in the fifth set of the season. He opened his US Open, beating former Belgian Top 10 David Goffin, now number 62 ATP, 36 75 64 36 76 (9). He won a game that seemed hopelessly lost, when Goffin moved up two breaks in the fifth and came within two points of success. But he slips to 5-2 30-15 in the fifth and from that moment on, the game will also slip out of his hands. In the most difficult conditions, in the most important tournaments, it is the habits gained in training that make the difference. And those habits for Musetti obviously evolved after the title won in Hamburg, in the final over Carlos Alcaraz, less than two months ago. The British Endy Murray advances overtaking the American Nava and enters the third round: the former n.1 in the world had not happened since 2016. There will not be another dream race for Emma Raducanu: one year after two weeks most spectacular of her young career, the reigning champion and seeded number 11 was eliminated in the first round of the experience of the French Alizé Cornet: 6-3, 6-3 the final score. The strong Japanese Naomi Osaka is also out. On the other hand, the finalist of Wimbledon Ons Jabeur: the Tunisian, n.5 in the world, qualified for the third round by beating the American Elizabeth Mandlik (# 144) 7-5, 6-2.
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