Italian Matteo Berrettini overcomes World No 17 Roberto Bautista Agut in shock victory at Swiss Open to win first title

Italian Matteo Berrettini stunned World No 17 Bautista Agut to secure his maiden title at the Swiss Open, before he went on to become double champion by winning the doubles along with Daniele Bracciali.

Reuters July 29, 2018 22:45:32 IST
Italian Matteo Berrettini overcomes World No 17 Roberto Bautista Agut in shock victory at Swiss Open to win first title

Italy’s Matteo Berrettini overcame second seed Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(9) 6-4 to win his first title at the Swiss Open in Gstaad on Sunday.

Italian Matteo Berrettini overcomes World No 17 Roberto Bautista Agut in shock victory at Swiss Open to win first title

Matteo Berrettini overcame a determined Bautista Agut to win the Swiss Open in Gstaad. Twitter@SwissOpenGstaad

World number 17 Bautista Agut, who was playing in his first event since he suffered a hip injury in Halle, gave everything to stay in contention after fending off five break points but failed to match his opponent’s powerful groundstrokes. The 22-year-old Berrettini snatched the opening set tiebreak 11-9, before converting a break point in the 10th game of the second to wrap up the victory.

“From the beginning until the end it was really tough to break him,” Berrettini said, adding, “I served really good most of the days and it was an unbelievable tiebreak. If I lost the tiebreak, I think the match would have been really tough. I was lucky I did a really good job.”

Playing in his first tour level final, Berrettini produced a fearless display, firing 17 aces and losing 12 points on serve in total. He finished the tournament without dropping a set, ousting 2016 champion Feliciano Lopez and fourth seed Andrey Rublev on his way to lifting the title.

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