Murray knocks out US Open in R3 loss to Berrettini

NEW YORK – Matteo Berrettini ended Andy Murray’s run at the US Open, winning four sets in a third-round match over Arthur Ashe on Friday.

On a boiling hot day at Arthur Ashe, Berrettini’s precise shot and skillful drop saw the Italian 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-3 in 3 hours 47 minutes. The defeat ended Murray’s hopes of reaching the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time since Wimbledon 2017.

“I did pretty badly for a good part of the match, and it hurts a lot,” Murray said. “I held really well in the third set, and you know, I could see from the stats and things that were showing that when I was in the rallies I was comfortably getting better from those exchanges when, you know, I got after the first few shots.” Very well, he earned a lot of free points for sending it. I was not. That was the difference.”

Murray headed into this match after his opening victories over Francisco Cirondolo and Emilio Nava, while Berrettini defeated Nicolas Gary in straight sets and needed four times to pass Hugo Grenier.

But in the afternoon sun in New York, Berrettini was among the only breakers in the first set and Murray conceded a double fault. The two traded breaks early in the second half, but it was Berrettini’s ninth break – again with Murray losing a break with a double-fault – that allowed the 2021 Wimbledon finalist to slip out. Murray was visibly frustrated with the change as he tossed his racket toward his seat, before hitting his bag with the racket.

Berrettini’s falling shots caused a lot of trouble for Murray, but the third man held his serve in the early stages but was disrupted in the fourth game due to the spectator needing medical attention. At that point, Brittney had a break point, but after a delay in the proceedings, Murray took the bout to beat serve and held serve. Both continued serving until the tiebreak, which was dominated by Murray, who won 7-1.

Murray broke Brittney first in the fourth inning, but the Italian broke back in the next game. But the pivotal moment came in Game Eight, as Berrettini forced two break points and a weak Murray backhand netted to give Berrettini a serve of the match. He gave himself two match points and turned the first time out of the question while pressing a serve that Murray could only get with a racket.

“I have a metal hip,” Murray said afterwards. “It is not easy to play with this. It is really difficult. I am amazed that I can still compete with the players who are at the top of the game.

“Fights like this, you know, I’m really proud that I worked myself into a position where I could do that. I’m really disappointed, you know, I didn’t cross the line today. But, you know, I’m reminded that this is the first time you’ve arrived To the third round here since 2016. It’s been six years, it’s been a difficult six years for me, it has been really difficult.

“Although it is my first time only doing the third role here, I am really proud of the effort that I have made, you know, to put myself back in these positions. So I hope that in the future I can go further, but taking the Mind, I’ve done it all right.” I think I’m getting better this year. You know, my rankings, I don’t even know what I was up to at the beginning of the year, but I’m now about 40 in the world and still working hard. I want to pay and see how far I can go.

“It will be motivating for me and interesting, because a lot of people have told me that I will never be able to play again, and a lot of people have told me that I will be able to hit tennis balls but that I will never compete professionally again. That was bullshit, and I want to see How close I am to getting back to the top of the game.”

It was the fourth meeting between Murray and Brittini, with Murray winning in Beijing in 2019 and Berrettini taking bragging rights in 2021 at Queen’s Club. Their last game was earlier this year in Stuttgart in June, where Berrettini won 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

The defeat ends Murray’s Grand Slam calendar this year which saw him reach the second round of the Australian Open while opting to withdraw from Roland Garros to focus on the grasscourt season. But at Wimbledon his campaign ended in the second round as he was defeated by John Isner.

It was a turbulent Brittney year. After reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open, a hand injury caused him to miss the French Open while contracting COVID-19 in the run-up to Wimbledon that disqualified him from the tournament. But he is now in the fourth round of the US Open, where he will face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

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