Tsitsipas Beats Berrettini, But Italy Reaches United Cup Final Against USA

by Staff | January 7th, 2023, 10:56 am
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In the marquee matches Saturday at the United Cup, Stefanos Tsitsipas stormed back on Matteo Berrettini 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 to keep Greece alive in their semifinal clash with Italy.

“Somehow I hung in there. I was waiting for my chances. He’s a big server as we all know. He hits some bombs consistently, so you have to accept a few and you have to move on from that point, concentrate on your serve,” said Tsitsipas who saved a break point at 3-2 in the third. “I played a very good game in that game that I broke. I was able to play with a lot of intensity and I think my concentration peaked at that particular game.”

Tsitsipas improved to 3-0 against Berrettini, but Italy would clinch the victory in the very next match after Lucia Bronzetti upended Valentini Grammatikopoulou 6-2, 6-3 to go ahead 3-1 and move her team into the finals.


“It was not easy, because it was the most important point,” Bronzetti said. “I felt pressure because I had to win.”

Italy would take the tie 4-1. The USA did one better blanking the Polish team 5-0 as Taylor Fritz secured the final spot with a 7-6(5), 7-6(5) win over Hubert Hurkacz.

“It was great to get the win today to get us through. I had no doubt that if I were to lose that the rest of the team would have come through. But I’ve played with Team USA a lot. I think it’s a huge advantage this time having the girls on our team because it just makes the whole team so much stronger. I’m super excited going into the final and I think we’ve been the favorites all week.”

The United Cup final will play all five matches on one day on Sunday. The headliners will be Musetti-Tiafoe, Fritz-Berrettini and Trevisan-Pegula.


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