NEW YORK – Matteo Berrettini ended Andy Murray’s run on Friday with a four-set win in his third-round clash with Arthur Ashe.
Berrettini won 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(1), 6-3 in 3 hours 47 minutes thanks to Berrettini’s pinpoint serves and skillful drop shots on a hot day at Arthur Ashe . The loss ended Murray’s hopes of reaching the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time since Wimbledon in 2017.
“I was not serving well for most of the game and it hurt a lot,” Murray said. “I did really well in the third set. And you know, when I got into the rally, I was comfortably better in those exchanges. “He served very well and got a lot of free points on his serve. I didn’t. That was the difference.”
Murray came into the match from behind first wins over Francisco Cerundro and Emilio Nava. Meanwhile, Berrettini defeated Nicolas Jarry in straight sets and needed four to pass Hugo Grenier.
But in the midday New York sun, it was Berrettini who secured the only break of service in the first set, which Murray conceded with a double fault. The two exchanged breaks at the start of the second set, but it was Berrettini’s break in the ninth game that saw Murray double-fault and lose a break point. Murray was clearly frustrated with the switch as he hit the bag with his racket after throwing it in the direction of his seat.
Berrettini’s drop shot caused Murray all sorts of trouble, but in the third, Murray continued serving early, but was interrupted in the fourth game when the crowd needed medical attention. Berrettini had a break point at that stage, but Murray deuced the game and held serve after a delay in proceedings. Did.
Murray broke Berrettini’s lead in the fourth inning, but the Italian broke back in the next game. But the key moment came in the eighth game, when Berrettini forced two break points and Murray’s weak backhand found the net and gave Berrettini a chance to serve the match. He gave himself his points in his two matches and converted at the first ask when Murray pinned a serve that could only have been received with a racket.
“I have metal hips,” Murray said afterward.
“I’m really proud to have put myself in a position to be able to do that in a game like this. I’m really disappointed that I didn’t cross the line today. I think it’s the first time I’ve done a third round at I think it’s been six years.It’s been a difficult six years for me.It’s been really hard.
“It’s the first time I’ve only made it to the third round here, but I’m really proud of the effort I’ve put in to get back to those positions.” Rankings, I don’t even know what I was at the beginning of the year, but now I’m about 40 years old in the world and I’m still trying.
“It’s motivating for me and it’s interesting to see because a lot of people told me that I wouldn’t be able to play again. It was nonsense and how I got to the top of the game. I’d like to see if I can get closer.
It will be the fourth time Murray and Berrettini have met, with Murray winning Beijing in 2019 and Berrettini earning bragging rights at the Queen’s Club in 2021. Their last match was in Stuttgart in June of this year, where Berrettini won 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
The loss ended Murray’s Grand Slam calendar for the year, and Murray advanced to the second round of the Australian Open, but chose to withdraw from Roland Garros to focus on the grass-court season. At Wimbledon, however, he lost to John Isner and finished in the second round.
It was a tumultuous year for Berrettini. After reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open, he missed the French Open due to a hand injury when he contracted COVID-19 heading into Wimbledon and was ruled out of the championship. However, he’s now advanced to the fourth round of the US Open, where he will face Alejandro Davidovich He Fokina.