Berrettini stuns Zverev

Matteo Berrettini produced an outstanding display of tennis to upset 2017 champion Alexander Zverev 7-5 7-5 on home soil at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

It was a first Top 5 win for the Italian wildcard who has been in impressive form of late, clinching his second ATP title at Budapest last month and finishing runner-up the following week at Munich. He plays here ranked No. 33, two spots off his career-high ranking of No. 31 which he achieved after his result in Munich.

The 23-year-old Rome-native had lost to Zverev at the same stage of the competition in 2018 in their only previous meeting but came into this year’s encounter as a different player. High on confidence and buoyed by the local crowd, Berrettini held his nerve to secure the best victory of his career in one hour 48 minutes.

It was another disappointing result for Zverev who reached the final here last year. The German, a quarter-finalist in Madrid last week, has struggled to find his top form this season after a stellar end to 2018 which saw him lift the trophy at the ATP Finals in London.

“Environment was great. The match that I played was horrendous,” said the No. 4 seed.

Berrettini will face either Diego Schwartzman or qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas in what will be his first appearance in the third round at a Masters 1000 event.