Matteo Berrettini’s hopes for a spot in the ATP finals were dashed on Tuesday. Facing qualifier Marcos Giron in his Paris Indoor opener, the big Italian pushed for a third but came up short in a 7-6(3), 6-7(0), 7-5.
The loss eliminates Berrettini from the ATP Finals hunt and will put in Diego Schwartzman into that last spot unless Pablo Carreno Busta wins the Paris title.
Carreno Busta kept his hopes alive beating Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(3), 6-2.
No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas was upset by Ugo Humbert who won a thriller in three tiebreakers 7-6(4), 6-7(6), 7-6(3).
“I’m super happy, super proud of myself,” said Humbert following his second career Top 10 win. “I was mentally very strong to win this match against Tsitsipas, one of the best players in the world.”
Humbert missed three match point chances late in the second and led with an early break in the third, but hung on in the end.
“It was very, very hard at the end of the second set because I was a little bit stressed and tight to finish the match,” said Humbert. “I tried to play one by one, gave what I can.”
Humbert has won his last seven matches. Tsitsipas will now head to London for his title defense.
“He was just creating a lot of opportunities from his forehand side and doing a lot of damage from there,” said Tsitsipas of the lefty. “His serve was very consistent. Despite having opportunities where he would serve second serve, I could come in, be more aggressive, it didn’t seem as easy as I had it planned in my head.”
Marin Cilic got a walkover from Frenchman Corentin Moutet.
And in the first round, Stan Wawrinka got the better of Dan Evans 7-6(3), 6-3. Kevin Anderson, Milos Raonic and Richard Gasquet were also winners. Tommy Paul upended Gilles Simon to set up a meeting with Wawrinka tomorrow.
“I was happy to be back here in Paris, even without crowd it’s always a great tournament,” Wawrinka said. “We are lucky to still have some tournaments going, so I’m trying to enjoy them as much as possible.”
Also tomorrow, Rafael Nadal opens his bid for a first Paris Indoor title against 39-year-old countryman Feliciano Lopez. Nadal is also seeking a 1,000th career match win on Wednesday.
Daniil Medvedev begins his campaign against Anderson and Gasquet takes on Schwartzman.
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