Stronger than the ankle pain and perplexity of an uncomfortable beginning. Matteo Berrettini beats the British Kyle Edmund and wins the first victory in the Vienna ATP. The Roman therefore avenges the defeat of the past year in Beijing and accesses the second round of the Austrian tournament, demonstrating once again a great maturity. Beating Edmund, with the difficulties in finding the right amount of shots and a physical problem, was not at all simple, but Berrettini hit the target.
An important top-10 success in the ATP ranking and qualification for the Finals. In fact, with this result, the blue rose to No. 9 in the world (virtual: 2570 points). Given the injury to the Japanese Kei Nishikori (out due to an elbow problem), the rivals for this positioning should be Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut (2530) and the Belgian David Goffin (2325) engaged in the Basel ATP (Switzerland), but both do not seem to have given particularly convincing answers in the last period.
A similar situation also in the ATP Race, a qualifying ranking for the London Masters. Matteo, with today's success, has strengthened his eighth place (2525 points, the last to get a ticket for the Finals). Bautista Agut and Goffin are respectively 2485 and 2325. It is clear that the surrender in the Swiss tournament will be a discriminating factor as well as the Austrian review.
Looking at the scoreboard in Vienna, the Italian will see himself in the second round against the winner of the challenge between the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (n.29 of the world) and the Bosnian Damir Dzumhur (n.92 of the ranking) and on paper they should not be impossible rivals. In case of victory, our bearer would acquire 45 points more that would put him in an even more comfortable condition.
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