Berrettini qualified as the sixth tennis player for the Champions Tournament

Italian tennis player Matteo Berrettini qualified as the sixth player for this year’s Champions Tournament. Participation in the November final event of the season for the top eight, which will be hosted by Turin, was secured by advancing to the second round of the tournament in Vienna. In the opening match, he defeated Australian Alexei Popyrin 7: 6, 6: 3.

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Twenty-five-year-old Berrettini, who is number three in Austria, will play in the Champions Tournament for the second time in his career. “Words are not enough to describe how happy I feel. The year 2020 was hard for me on and off the court. And now I’m here and I have the second Champions Tournament ahead of me. I can’t believe it either,” said the seventh player in the world rankings.

Hubert Hurkacz, on the other hand, complicated the prospects of starting in Turin. The Polish tennis player, who has held the last promotion, eighth place in the ladder of this season so far, lost to Andy Murray in the opening round in Vienna.

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Although the British tennis player did not use the first match ball in the tie-break of the second set and had to catch up in the decisive set, in the end he won 6: 4, 6: 7, 6: 3 after two hours and 41 minutes and scored the first win over the world top ten player after 14 months. Murray, 34, lost the previous two duels with Hurkacz in Cincinnati and Metz this year.

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