Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini put the up-and-coming top tennis talent Carlos Alcaraz in his place at the Australian Open with a lot of effort.
The seventh in the world rankings from Italy had to fight the round of 16 against the 18-year-old Spaniard despite a 2-0 set lead over the full distance, in the end he won 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 2 :6, 7:6 (10:5) through.
Alcaraz had recently attracted attention at the “Next Gen” finals in Milan, and he won the title at the annual final of the best young professionals. He had previously reached the quarterfinals at the US Open in New York.
At the end of last season, he had missed his participation in the Davis Cup final round with Spain due to a corona infection.