Matteo Berrettini continues the path of rapprochement to the levels that belong to him, after the painful renunciation of Wimbledon due to Covid, and reaches the final of the Swiss Open, ATP 250 tournament, on the red clay of Gstaad. Against the number 15 in the world, Dominic Thiem lasted just one hour and 17 minutes. Result 6-1 6-4 in favor of the Roman.
The Austrian (formerly # 3, today # 274) was disputing his first semifinal after 14 months between a wrist injury, depression and coronavirus. Berrettini will face the Norwegian Casper Ruud – who defeated (6-2 6-0) the Spaniard Albert Ramos – in the eleventh career final, to try to conquer the ninth title, which would also be the third in a row after the victories on grass at Queen’s and Stuttgart.
The risk taken in the quarterfinals (when he found himself two points from the defeat against Martinez) convinced Berrettini to take the field with another determination. Which made him almost unplayable for an abundant set and a half, when Thiem had no weapons to counter with winning serves, rights and volleys, worthy of the best of times. Matteo starts the service with three aces in the first two rounds. Thiem instead remedied as many breaks that allowed the blue to go 5-0. The Austrian finally managed to win a game (5-1) but Berrettini immediately closed the set.
The second is a little more balanced. Berrettini got the break in the fifth game, then kept the advantage. In the seventh game the Austrian saved the first chance of the double break but on the second his right went wide (5-2).
Going to serve to close the match Matteo conceded three more breakpoints, managing to cancel only two. Thiem made up for it (5-4) but Berrettini signed the 6-4 with a beautiful forehand.