Matteo Berrettini’s adventure starts on the right foot at the Australian Open, but Fabio Fognini is defeated. These are the first verdicts coming from the Melbourne hard court where the first round of the season of the Grand Slam began. Berrettini had to fight hard to overcome the American Brandon Nakashima, 68 Atp, bent 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, after 3 hours and ten minutes of play. The negative surprise is the first round knockout of Fognini who lost 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 to the Dutch Tallon Griekspoor. The Ligurian, n.32 in the world, in the presence number sixteen on the scoreboard with four qualifiers for the round of 16 (2014, 2018, 2020 and 2021), after losing the first set he tried to recover but had to surrender to the aggressive game of his ranking rival # 62. “I didn’t feel good in my stomach. It was really difficult to play, especially in the third and fourth set. I was playing a great game against Brandon … I told myself I had to fight and do my best and in the end I won. I’m really happy “Berrettini’s words after the victory against Brandon Nakashima.
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